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Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers | Sady Doyle
"The Female Monster is alive and well in the pop-cultural imagination. What does she tell us about ourselves and how we live today? Funny, smart and encyclopedic, nimbly addressing everyone from the biblical Lilith, to the movie Carrie, to Hae Min Lee (whose death was the focus of the first season of "Serial") to the cult film "The Craft", this book explores the female dark side, as represented in female monsters throughout pop culture. These monsters express taboo truths about female life and femininity. They embody patriarchal fear of women. They speak to urges women are encouraged to hide, or deny. They also speak to the viciousness with which a sexist society inflicts traditionally feminine roles upon us. This is a sympathetic -- or, at least, curious -- look at the women we fear and what they show us about how women navigate a dangerous and frightening world"--
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KelsiTaylor
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“We are the Apocalypse…dead blondes and bad mothers, harlots and abominations, witches at the gate of light and darkness; we are the end of the world that was, and the first sign of the world to come, in the age after patriarchy, when monsters rule the earth.”

DrexEdit And I 😍 that lamp! 😃 2y
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vivastory
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In the tagged book Doyle examines how women have been represented in culture, often as “monsters“ & “bad mothers“ & goes onto discuss the liberating impulse of embracing the “ferocity“ of these figures. I have been meaning to read Doyle for years now & reading the blurbs on this one, it sounds flippin' fantastic. #maternal #maycharacters @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vivastory “Sady Doyle has redrawn the lines in the cultural sand with Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Combining history, folklore, true crime, personal anecdotes and horror films Doyle has written a book that redefines the female experience, emboldening, empowering and expanding it beyond its preconceived confines. Beautifully written, devastatingly funny, and exhaustively researched Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers is a deeply necessary and urgent book.“-A.West 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 2y
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2y
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Doyle has given us an important book that looks at the violence & fear patriarchy has inflicted & continues to inflict on women & girls. Using books, TV, film, media, news, current affairs & history, Doyle illustrates the power & reach of the Patriarch that is still very evident to this day. Doyle doesn't preach, she merely shows you a hidden truth. "Imagine what we can do if we recognise our collective power".
#FemalePower #Patriarch #Truth

JaneyWaneyB This book was eye opening and made me realise as a woman how much I have been lied to, put in my box and silenced. I recognise how the TV shows & films I watch, the books I read and news stories continue to diminish female power. One of Doyle's final lines resonates, "It requires daring. But when we've found our monstrosity, our daring cannot be far behind." I'm off to find my daring, my power and the fire, I'm ready to step forward. 2y
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Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers is a solid look at how our patriarchal society demonizes women to maintain control over us. Doyle looks at current popular culture as well as history and mythology to explore her thesis. There was one badly misinterpreted piece of medical data that could have torpedoed the book for me if it was a more data-driven book overall, but is isn‘t, so I quite enjoyed this.

#bookspinbingo

Megabooks You‘re doing well! 2y
Hooked_on_books @vivastory That one‘s great—it‘s what prompted me to pick up this one. 2y
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wicdiv

Examining the patriarchy through pop culture. You love to see it.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Welcome to Litsy!!📚❤️ 3y
wicdiv @JanuarieTimewalker13 thank you so much! It really seems like a lovely community so far 🙂 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 It really, really is!! 3y
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Some new additions to pad out the shrinking to be read pile! All slight variations on a theme and I can‘t wait to get stuck in! Starting Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers today!

Reagan Nice stack! 3y
BronwynMahon @Reagan Thanks! They‘ve all been on my list for ages, so I‘m stoked to get my hands on them! 3y
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Jen2
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Holy cow!

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Jen2
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This book is amazing!!!

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I have enjoyed Sady Doyle‘s writing since Tiger Beatdown, and this book was no exception. She writes about the way women are only ever acceptable in their relation to men: as someone‘s daughter, wife, mother, and then often held accountable for the bad behavior of those men. Interesting points and great use of pop culture.

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AlizaApp
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Hell yes to this book which opens with a quote from The Craft. Gotta keep the witch season vibes going.

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khooliha

I have been reading a chapter of this a day and I gotta say, I wish there was less recounting of actual, horrible murders!

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NotCool
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True crime and horror are difficult genres for me, in part because so many well regarded stories seem wildly misogynistic (cough Supernatural cough). The way Doyle embraces and explores that aspect of these genres is, honestly, such a relief. It‘s not just me. Someone else noticed! Maybe this book will give me a way to enjoy horror going forward.

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NotCool
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“We all meet Tiamat in our own way. This was mine. Jurassic Park was the first story that told me girls could be dragons too; that somewhere inside me, somewhere so deep I might not even recognize it, was something very old and very strong. Something that did not take kindly to cages.”

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Hooked_on_books
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I‘ve been very good about not buying books since moving back in April. And then Powell‘s had to go and have a 25% off everything on the website sale, so how could I resist? Plus my #botm arrived today (before the next month‘s picks—it‘s a miracle!). Woo-hoo, it‘s raining books!

rather_be_reading whoa! 😍 3y
Texreader That‘s so exciting!! ❤️ 📚 3y
shanaqui What a haul! 😍 3y
PerksOfBeingABookworm Down Girl is such a great, but incredibly tough, read. Nice stack! 3y
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mlzbthc
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“5-year-old Amy Burney ... threw too many tantrums. To exorcise the demons responsible, her mother and grandmother forced her to swallow a potion made primarily of vinegar and ammonia, taped her mouth shut, and ... threw her body out with the garbage. You could happily go your whole life without hearing that ... story, but maybe you should hear it anyway. Maybe you should have to. There is deep brutality in how we fear our girls.”