Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Anne Helen Petersen

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Anne Helen Petersen

You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who flaunts it, who’s too brazen, too opinionated - too much. Sometimes, she’s the life of the party; others, she’s the focus of gossip. She’s the unruly woman, and she’s one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today. The unruly woman has been around for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable ‘feminine’ behaviour - that is, for ever - but these days she is more visible and less easily dismissed than ever before.

In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, cultural critic and Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen explores ‘unruliness’ through the lens of eleven pop culture powerhouses, including Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Lena Dunham. Petersen examines why our culture loves to love and berate these controversial figures for being ‘too’ something: too queer, too strong, too naked, too old, too shrill, too much.

This is an incisive, candid, conversation starting analysis of the part influential women play in redefining contemporary femininity.

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