The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why

Book - 2016
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"The female trainwreck is a familiar figure to us all- she's Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is as old (and as powerful) as feminism itself, and Doyle's book is a fierce, intelligent, deeply-researched investigation of a centuries-old phenomenon. Who is the trainwreck? What are her crimes? And, in an age when social media makes public figures of us all, what does it mean for the rest of us?"
Publisher: Brooklyn :, Melville House,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781612195636
Branch Call Number: 305.4 Doyle 2016
Characteristics: xx, 297 pages ; 22 cm


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KateHillier Jul 09, 2017

his book is ferocious and I will definitely not look at Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus or Whitney Houston the same way again. Sady Doyle meticulously goes through the idea of the "trainwreck" - a famous woman who has somehow fallen out of favour and spiraled out of control. Control, in this instance, being society's expectations or demands of her. From Britney, to Charlotte Bronte, to Anna Nicole Smith, to Billie Holiday, to Hillary Clinton, this book makes you confront exactly what misogyny has done to culture and how entertaining and thrilling women find another woman's transgressions. If you don't leave this book hating yourself a little bit, you're probably not reading closely enough.

The final nail in the coffin here is the reminder that it's not just celebrities that are living in the public eye now. We all are and we may think we're safe and 'doing the right things' but you never know what barreling down the track.


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