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You Play The Girl

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We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero's hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Or she nags him, or foils ... Weiterlesen
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We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero's hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Or she nags him, or foils him, plays the uptight straight man to his charming loser. She's idealised, degraded, dismissed, objectified and almost always dehumanised. How do we process these insidious portrayals, and how do they shape our sense of who we are and what we can become? Part memoir, part cultural commentary, part call to arms to women everywhere, You Play The Girl flips the perspective on the past thirty-five years in pop culture - from the progressive 70s, through the backlash 80s, the triumphalist 90s and the pornified 'bro culture' of the early twenty-first century - providing a firsthand chronicle of the experience of growing up inside this funhouse. Always incisive, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more iterative than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen.

Every woman often faces the unwelcome prospect of "playing the girl." These essays by journalist Chocano, inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice, lead readers on a journey to identify and understand just who this girl is and from where she originates. The author interweaves relevant personal stories from her childhood and adult experiences with and entertaining and insightful review of female characters from the last 50 years of pop culture, including television, film and literature. Chocano not only looks back at her own experiences, she also writes emotionally about the realities of the world that her young daughter faces today. Each piece combines numerous, well-connected examples from the author's extensive knowledge of pop culture, with an analysis of a theme related to the various aspects of women's lives: work, relationships, marriage, sexuality, motherhood, and even math. As a result, the essays have a sound research foundation and are well documented.
VERDICT: This entertaining, engaging, enlightening tour of the portrayal of women in pop culture will appeal to general readers and researchers in a variety of cross-disciplinary fields.

In Carina Chocano's insightful, witty and moving You Play The Girl, we travel down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland of pop culture


Carina Chocano is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and Elle, and her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Vulture, Wired, Rolling Stone, Details, New York Times Book Review, New Republic, Aeon and others. She was a staff film and TV critic at the Los Angeles Times, a TV and book critic at Entertainment Weekly and a staff writer at Salon. Her work has been anthologised in the New Yorker humour collection Disquiet, Please!, the humour collection More Mirth of a Nation and the essay collections Altared and Borderline Personalities. Her humour book, Do You Love Me, or am I Just Paranoid? was published by Random House.


Titel: You Play The Girl
Untertitel: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks and Other Man-Made Women
EAN: 9780349005553
ISBN: 978-0-349-00555-3
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Gewicht: g
Größe: H234mm x B153mm
Jahr: 2017



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