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  1. says:

    4.5 starsA whip smart essay collection about how we portray women in movies, TV shows, magazines, and , as well as how women learn to internalize and emulate these portrayals Carina Chocano does an amazing job discussing the problematic ways women s stories get told, ranging form how women face objectification and sexualization, to how women always end up in marriages no matter how fierce or strong they seem, to how we glorify youth and innocence and slight playfulness in women and devalue all other attributes She discusses an impressive array of pop culture, including in depth analyses of PLayboy magazine, Flashdance, Trainwreck, Mad Men, Sex and the City, and so much A solid quote about ageism that highlights her conversational yet compelling tone When I first moved to Los Angeles, in my late twenties, I remember being shocked by how readily women my own age accepted the fact that they had aged out of desirability how resigned they were to their own irrelevance how uncritically so many accepted this ideology propping up privilege and power inequality as being synonymous with reality rather than helping produce and maintain reality how readily they mistook culture for nature It s like when...


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    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestThis author s name sounded familiar to me, which was odd because as far as I knew, I hadn t read any of her works Netgalley strikes again As it turns out, Carina Chocano had published an essay in another feminist book I read recently, called NASTY WOMEN The essay, titled We Have a Heroine Problem was about the Madonna whore lens with which we view women in the public eye, except it s like the paragon demon complex my name, BTW Basically, women in the public eye are either put on pedestals or villanized depending on how well or how poorly they conform to society s gender norms.YOU PLAY THE GIRL is a collection of essays about women in pop culture, and some of the confusing or even downright negative messages that these female representatives send to the populace Chocano spans an impressive range of material Just a few of the topics she hits on Playboy Bunnies, sex dolls, Stepford Wives, Amy Schumer s Trainwreck, the Ghostbusters reboot, Flashdance, Pretty Woman, Katharine Hepburn, Mad Men, Maleficent, and the Desperate Housewives, just to name a few.Sometimes these pop cultural essays make me side eye the author a little because two bad things can happen apart f...


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    August 2017 My Book Box Non Fiction Selection Recently, I watched part of Keeping Up with the Jones It s a movie about a suburban couple whose new neighbors turn out to be spies special agents CIA something or other It has a good cast, and there were parts that were quite funny I didn t watch all of it, however, because it soured The two men become buds, in fact the movie is really a bromance despite the couples, but the two women nope In fact, the suburban wife dislikes the spy woman even before the truth comes out Because, as you know, women can never be friends with prettier women It was like, really The wife is right, there is something sneaky going on, but her belief comes from jealously than anything else Additionally, proving her right also indicates that the female spy is not as good her husband, but it was really the whole friendship thing men are friends, and that is emotionally important while women can never be friends with other women Not really I m tired of that shit I think Chocano would agree with me Chocano s book details the messages that pop culture seems to be giving women and girls, whether it is intentionally or unintentionally Honesty, I want to kiss her because I thought I was the only one who was disturbed by Elsa s change of dress in the movie Her writing about Cinderella will ensure that you will never look at a Cinderella movie the same way H...


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    You can also find this review at I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewSimilar to Bad Feminist, I often found myself nodding in agreement as I read You Play the Girl For example, I also felt the same way as Chocano after watching Trainwreck Why did Amy s character think there was something wrong with her Why did she have to use her father s mistakes to justify her own life Couldn t she have both enjoyed having fun with no strings and then settle down when she wanted to Couldn t she just enjoy her life without defining it by both the absence, and then presence, of a relationship I also had the same issues with Frozen, and I can t stand how it overshadows Mulan as Disney s most feminist movie I m for anything that makes girls feel like they can be the leads in their own stories, but let s not forget that Mulan took on the Huns.Reading about Chocano s experience with Playboy magazines just reinforces how damaging sexualized media images can be for young girls, and the Hefner interview she references reminded me of the definition of a slut a woman with the morals of a man Hefner has several relationships at once but expects his girlfriends to only sleep with him I doubt any women who admitted to being in relationships with several men at once would be the exalted head of a magazine.Chocano s essays covered a lot of topics, and I mean A LOT She moves from Amy Schumer s Trainwreck to Alice in Wonderland to Playboy to Frozen with wit and ease While I l...


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    Carina Chocano is the essay writer I wish I was She examines how pop culture treats women and girls and how it affects us From Katherine Hepburn and how her image had to be toned down for people to accept her movies I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched how two insanely powerful women constantly deferred to men to the huge Disney princess phenomena wherein a princess is someone to be saved by a man or presented to a man Desperate Housewives , Real Housewives , Desperately Seeking Susan , Flashdance , the misogyny in Can This Marriage Be S...


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    Overall, this was a fast read for anyone looking to think critically about the media we consume on a daily basis Movies like Pretty Women, Knocked Up, Thelma and Louise, The Stepford Wives TV shows like Mad Men, The Bachelor, Inside Amy Schumer All are dissected and analyzed critically Carina Chocano had a career as a movie critic Almost every essay uses TV film examples to illuminate her thoughts.Here s what I didn t like1 Chocano paints a vivid picture of the roles assigned to heterosexual, white women No essay in this book includes examples of women of color or women in the LGBT community and how they are portrayed in films television Why did The Princess and the Frog perform poorly in the box office compared to Frozen, Tangled, and others If white women are assigned roles in Hollywood and elsewhere, what roles are assigned to non white women She talks briefly about women in the sex industry particularly Playboy but how are lesbians portrayed in porn and male consum...


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    Very nearly a 5 so I rounded up for how much reassurance and joy this book brought me I will expand on this soon.


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    You Play the Girl On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks and Other Mixed Messages is a four part book of well written and analytical essays of various cultural themes Popular films, books, articles and famous people and events are added and highlight author Carina Chocano s stories and observations Chocano, a journalist and storyteller takes pride in the creative thinking process, her short stories and articles have been featured in several notable publications including the NYT, Texas Monthly, Elle, and others In the first essay, Chocano revealed she learned about sex through Playboy Magazines and Bugs Bunny in Drag no relation to the sexy human toon Jessica Rabbit As children, many of us knew about the forbidden nature of the carefully hidden adult magazines Playboy reached its peak of readership between 1966 1976 Heffner called his beautiful hostesses and models Playboy Bunnies featured by the Bunny logo Heffner influenced American culture in numerous ways, notably the unrealistic beauty standards and behavior for American women C...


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    Chicano s focus on women s issues fills me with hope, and some anger She explores the state of our lives through popular books, movies, and happenings and she does it with literary skill and always a sense of humor and fun which helps when the reader s gut reaction is likely anger or even helplessness I last had the sense of being in the presence of someone who s wise years ago,when I read Faludi s Backlash and Wolf s Beauty Myth though neither of those women had he same joie de vivre that Chicano brings.It s difficult to look at these issues no matter how important they are but the medicine went down easily because of her humor The only place I felt lost is when she wrote about the possible meaning behind the movie Frozen She falters on this topic but to be fair she s up front about being in the deep end of the pool or I think likely we re al floundering in the shallows when dealing with Disney s popularit...


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    Chocano takes the reader through a fast paced yet precise history of roles women have played over time in real life and on screen in texts, seamlessly showing the parallels between the literal and the symbolic worlds There s even a brief history of the waves of feminism told through movies She s a brilliant essayist and cultural critic, with strong one liners, poignant q...


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