You Play the Girl

You Play the Girl

On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, and Other Mixed Messages

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"Who is 'the girl'? Look to movies, TV shows, magazines, and ads and the message is both clear and not: she is a sexed-up sidekick, a princess waiting to be saved, a morally infallible angel with no opinions of her own. She's whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. She's an abstraction, an ideal, a standard, a mercurial phantom. In You Play the Girl, Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. Moving from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, Flashdance to Frozen, 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 shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen."--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544648944
Branch Call Number: 305.42 CHOCA
Characteristics: xxvi, 275 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Essays. Selections


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In this whip-smart essay collection, pop culture critic Chocano explores representations of women in books, movies, and television, and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections.

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Dec 13, 2018

Excellent! Pop culture critique through a feminist lens. A fast, entertaining read, full of "ah-ha" moments!

Jul 12, 2018

Really sharp, really smart look at the representation of women in media. Carina Chocano looks at seemingly straightforward entertainment like "Flashdance," "The Stepford Wives," "Trainwreck" and more and finds plenty of gender ambiguity and, yes, dominant ideology. If you like this kind of stuff (I do.), it's a compelling, deep reading of pop culture. If not, well, maybe read some more? Also, check out "Shrill," "Bad Feminist," and "Sex Object."

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