My Review of “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud:The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman” by Anne Helen Peterson PLUME, An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC 2017
I appreciate the timeless hours of research that Anne Helen Peterson, Author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud:The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman” has spent in providing, what I feel seem like “essays” of famous women in today’s Pop Culture. Is it any wonder in today’s “Me Too” Generation, that there is a feeling of discontent? There always has been a difference in the way men and women have been treated in terms of Politics, Salaries, and Role- models. This book will make you feel something. I know that I had very strong feelings, and memories of many unfair things have happened through the years. Recently, I did research on a car I wanted to purchase. Only when I brought my husband to “sit” while I discussed what I wanted, was I taken seriously.
What is “Unruly” behavior? According to the dictionary, “unruly” disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control.” The women discussed in these chapters have “exhibited ” “UNRULY” behavior in one way or another, and the outcomes are different.
The author spans across women in today’s Pop-culture, and focuses on the things that make them seem unruly. These are the chapters and women discussed: “1”Too Strong”-Serena Williams. 2. “Too Fat- Melissa McCarthy” 3. “Too Gross”-Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer” 4. ‘Too Slutty”-Nicki Minaj” 5. “Too Old”-Madonna 6.Too Pregnant”- “Kim Kardashian” 7. “Too Shrill”-Hilary Clinton” 8.”Too Queer”- Caitlyn Jenner ” 9. “Too Loud” -Jennifer Weiner” and “Too Naked”- Lena Durham”
This is a “taste” of the smorgasbord of “unruly” women, but you really have to read the chapters to understand more. For example, Author Jennifer Weiner, not only wanted to be recognized for her own accomplishments, she wanted the New York Times to represent Women Authors Seriously. Kudos to Jennifer Weiner for opening the door to The New York Times to hire a woman in that department, and give women authors a fair chance.
This is a dry book that at times, feels like I was doing homework. There were some intriguing points of interest mentioned and researched data for each chapter. There is not one touch of humor at all.
I stay away from describing my feelings about politics. I have seen friends give ultimatums and become bullies if things weren’t seen their way. I could see that this book could set off some arguments about society and the establishment. The chapters on “Fatness” and “Aging” as well as Pregnancy, and the other chapters are all open to possibly unfriendly debate. This is not an easy read, and certainly doesn’t fall in the category of “entertainment” . I would recommend this for readers that show an interest in reading about contemporary issues with an open mind.