You Play the Girl

You Play the Girl

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

Book - 2017
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Who is "the girl"? Look to popular culture 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 an abstraction, an ideal, a standard--whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis to explain 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.
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017].
ISBN: 9780544648944
Characteristics: xxvi, 275 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
Summary: Who is "the girl"? Look to popular culture 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 an abstraction, an ideal, a standard--whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis to explain 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.

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