You Play the Girl: And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are

You Play the Girl: And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are

Carina Chocano / Apr 07, 2020

You Play the Girl And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are In this zippy intelligent call to arms a film and TV critic merges memoir and cultural commentary to break down how women s lives are made by the roles they play on screen

  • Title: You Play the Girl: And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are
  • Author: Carina Chocano
  • ISBN: 9780544648968
  • Page: 427
  • Format: ebook
  • In this zippy, intelligent call to arms, a film and TV critic merges memoir and cultural commentary to break down how women s lives are made by the roles they play on screen.

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    1. 4.5 starsA whip-smart essay collection about how we portray women in movies, TV shows, magazines, and more, 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 [...]

    2. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

      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 more like the paragon/demon complex (my name, BTW). Basic [...]

    3. 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 e [...]

    4. You can also find this review at booksbestfriendblog.wordpressNote: 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 [...]

    5. 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’, ‘Despera [...]

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

    7. “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 [...]

    8. 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 Chi [...]

    9. This has been a great year for essay collections and this one is at the top of the heap. "Celebrity Gossip" is easy one of the best pieces of cultural criticism I've read this year.

    10. A brilliantly written series of essays that made me glad I don't participate in popular culture and wonder why the author does.

    11. This book is the bomb. First off, Carina is a phenomenal writer with a cutting, eagle eye view of things. She's also super funny, there were times I would be eating while reading this book and nearly suck my food down my windpipe from laughing. One of my favorite aspects of her essays was that she continually weaves in the story of her young daughter Kira's experiences absorbing advertising and movies at such a tender age. An excerpt from the book after she and Kira had passed a city bus with an [...]

    12. Overall, this was a fast read for anyone looking to think critically about the media we consume on a daily basis. Movies likePretty Women,Knocked Up,Thelma and Louise,The Stepford Wives TV shows likeMad 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 [...]

    13. A must-read for women who love the movies, their daughters, or just themselves. Which is a good place to start. This is a book of essays that combine a personal and public perspective on women and all that influences us. Meaning, men.If you've ever seen a tree fort with a sign that says No Girls, this is for you. It is not a feminist book, it is a book for everyone. Sure you can highlight passages and tweet them (like I did), but you can also dip in and out just enough to avoid throwing it acros [...]

    14. An analysis of feminism in pop culture. Have you ever watched a movie that made you feel icky for some reason that you can't precisely identify? This author can describe the reason, clearly and articulately. And spoiler alert, it's usually because the movie sends a pretty messed up message about women. Movies discussed include Flashdance, Pretty Woman, Desperately Seeking Susan, Stepford Wives, Fatal Attraction, Knocked Up, Lars & the Real Girl, Frozen, and others. Don't get me wrong, I like [...]

    15. Ça m'a pris bien du temps à passer au travers des essais de Chocano en raison de mon cerveau qui a pris temporairement la forme d'un fromage gruyère. L'auteure s'intéresse à la représentation de la femme dans la culture populaire - que ce soit au cinéma, à la télé, dans le Playboy - et décortique les messages sous-jacents. De façon plus personnelle, elle s'interroge sur l'effet de ces messages sur les femmes et sur sa fillette. Certains essais sont très accessibles et assez provocat [...]

    16. I love picking my way through essay and short story collections a little at a time (bath reading) and this one was a solid read. It made me think, hard, about the messages I see and ignore everyday and the impacts they have. A smart read and one I enjoyed a little at a time.

    17. Feminist pop culture writing. Say no more. Really liked this. The best combination of super smart and a little trashy.

    18. i checked this book out from the library. i feel like i'll be giving a bit of me away when i return it. i won't rest until i have a copy of my own that i can underline & memorize. this book is BOMB.

    19. Thought-provoking collection of essays on pop culture with a feminist emphasis. May make you hate Dirty Dancing.

    20. Carina Chocano is perennially the intelligent and incisive essayist and reviewer of popcorn cinema that we need in the world. Where's her Letterboxd?

    21. I checked this book out from the library and just wanted to write all over it! There was so much I wanted to highlight & underline!! There were so many good lines. The author seemed to call things out as they are. She mentions women in their teens, twenties and thirties are 39% of the population, yet they comprise 71% of women on TV. Women 40 & older are 47% of the population, yet comprise 26% of women on TV. The author covered the movies of her childhood some of which I have not seen so [...]

    22. This was a fun book to read about the stereotypes/boxes women are placed in by society in popular media. Although I enjoyed the book, I'm afraid that I will begin looking at all movies, books etc. for the angle/perspective it projects of women, instead of simple entertainment. Is it possible that a movie is sometimes simply a movie and not an indictment against society? In many ways the tone of the book may seem condescending-if I like Pretty Woman does that make me blank, silly and unaware? Is [...]

    23. The author explores the representation of women in pop culture and the media- from Playboy to Disney, and Bewitched to The Bachelor. She drives her points home with historical contexts and personal experiences.

    24. This book started out strong. I was entranced and horrified by my own ignorance, and this book was going to help me see past the wool covering my eyes. Then, it gotdifferent. It stopped being an empowering look at how women are manipulated, or how many of us have forgotten our own history, and felt bitter and meandering. Quite a few pieces of the essays read to me like they'd been shoved in sideways to bulk up the text rather than written because that was where they belonged. For instance, on pa [...]

    25. Oh, how good this book is!The author explores all these tropes we are so familiar with even though we don't always realise it - "virgin slut ice queen", bad crazy girlfriend, whore madonna. She points out things that become obvious the second you read it:1. how kick-ass heroines that kick ass only because they had someytraumatic life experience (see: "Gravity", Black Widow etc), like they couldn't possibly be fierce on their own with no tragedy in the background.2. how women in Disney fairytales [...]

    26. There are so many things I love about Chocano's collection of essays. I love that they are sharp and incisive. I love that she weaves together her personal experiences with feminist theory in perfect synergy to make the most impact. She is sassy and funny and angry and persuasive. I love that she is clearly in my age bracket and her references are my references. I love that she is so conscientiously raising her daughter without being dogmatic. I love that she takes Frozen to task, because I did [...]

    27. well, that was a lot less fluffy than I expected. Some of these essays made for pretty challenging reading, in the mental leaps the reader was required to perform, but also on a syntactical level -- I had to parse some of these sentences a few times before I got the meaning. Chocano really knows her stuff: she has a keen eye for pop culture (and we like all the same things, so clearly she is an excellent critic), but she is also very comfortable with the works of Critical Theorists, especially F [...]

    28. While visiting Portland I decided to get lost in Powell Books. After an hour or so, dazed, I wandered myself in front of the Feminist section. For a few minutes I stood there blinking. Pondering. Asking, "Am I man enough to read a collection of feminist writings?" Rising to the challenge I said to myself, "Sure." Judging by its cover this one seemed funny enough, and it was. It was also written by someone roughly my age so I understood all the 70s references. The issues she brought up seemed obv [...]

    29. The war on all-things considered traditionally feminine reminds me of a little of "the war on Christmas" Because really, it's everywhere. any slight criticism of traditional womanhood is seen as misogyny, but really, isn't it fair game to question the notion of "the angel in the house" or the concept of "girl" and the many ways one plays a girl? Chocano blends her career as a film critic and writer with personal anecdotes and larger cultural trends. She looks at everything from The Bachelor to E [...]

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