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You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

By Chocano, Carina
Narrator McFadden, Amy

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY If Hollywood's treatment of women leaves you wanting, you'll find good, heady company in You Play the Girl. &;ELLE As a kid in the 1970s and... 80s, Carina Chocano was confused by the mixed messages all around her; messages that told her who she could be&;and who she couldn&;t. Dutifully absorbing all the conflicting information the culture has to offer on how to be a woman, Chocano grappled with sexed up sidekicks, princesses waiting to be saved, and morally infallible angels who seemed to have no opinions of their own. She learned that the girl is not a person, but a man's idea of what a woman should be&;she&;s whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. It wasn't until she spent five years as a movie critic, and was laid off just after her daughter was born, however, that she really came to understand how the stories the culture tells us about what it means to be a girl limit our lives and shape our destinies. She resolved to rewrite her own story. In You Play the Girl, Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. Moving from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen, from the progressive &;70s through the backlash &;80s, the glib &;90s, and the pornified aughts&;and at stops in between&;she explains how growing up in the shadow of &;the girl&; taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen.
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ISBN 9781978605244
Released NZ 31 Dec 2019
Publisher Brilliance Corporation
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
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ISBN-13 9781978605244
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Publisher Brilliance Corporation
Imprint Brilliance Audio
Released 31 Dec 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
Edition Unabridged
Author(s) By Chocano, Carina
Narrator McFadden, Amy
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Literary Studies: General
Biography & Autobiography
Women's Studies
Social Issues
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 140mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 305.42
Weight Not specified - defaults to 400g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade