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    Book Review: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson

    In this collection of short essays, Peterson briefly dives into the world of American society’s most “unruly” women. These are women who push the envelope in terms of acceptable ways of performing femininity – everything from their bodies to their Twitter presence is scrutinized for not fitting the mold. Peterson features women like Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, and Madonna in her quest to showcase the unruly women of the early 2000s and 2010s. I like this book a lot in theory. I love that it showcases women and talks about the ways their careers have pushed against patriarchal gender roles. Peterson leans into her PhD background and writes with an…

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    The Complexity of Choice in “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

    I picked up Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng expecting a popular thriller. What I got was a beautiful, dark, intersectional portrait of American womanhood. The other day, I popped by my favorite local bookstore here in Madison, A Room of One’s Own, for something new. I came in with a few titles in mind, but, alas, nothing was in. As I browsed, I picked up Everything I Never Told you – I’d seen it all over Instagram and knew Ng had another book out that was pretty popular, too. I was looking for something quick, so this thin, self-described page-turner seemed to do the trick. I don’t…

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    Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

    Like many of the books I read, my mom gave me the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes on a trip home earlier this year. I had seen a few of Rhimes’ shows – I followed Scandal pretty closely in college until it got too torture-y and watched the first season of How to Get Away with Murder because they’d filmed a few episodes at Bryn Mawr – but I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of hers. I had heard good things about the book, though, and as an influential woman of color in the entertainment industry I was interested in hearing her thoughts on media and TV…