"Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to non-conforming women suits the needs of this dark moment. Her careful examination of how we eviscerate the women who confound or threaten is crucial reading if we are ever to be better." —Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies
From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an "acceptable" woman.
You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who's too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She's the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of "unruliness" to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.
"Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud is an oasis in a sea of hot takes, a set of crisp essays on the provocateurs who fascinate and enrage us. With warmth and wit, Anne Helen Peterson celebrates the power of being just a little too much, seeking the rebel inside the trainwreck." —Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker
"Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud could not be coming out at a more perfect time. As society is reacting to and still grappling with the ever-changing understanding of feminism, Petersen's book holds a mirror up to society and shows us how we view women and ourselves. It's equal parts rallying cry and heady examination; and it's my new best friend, who empowers me to kick butt in life." —Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author, You Can't Touch My Hair
"A sharp, compelling collection of social and cultural criticism." —Kirkus Reviews
"This work should be considered a post-2016 election sequel to Sady Doyle's Trainwreck. It will be appreciated by anyone seeking to understand the vicious social judgement that women--particularly high-profile, successful women--continue to face in our era." —Library Journal
Anne Helen Petersen received her PhD in media studies from the University of Texas, where she studied the industrial history of the gossip industry. Today, she writes about culture, celebrity, and feminism for BuzzFeed News. Her first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, was featured in The Boston Globe, Time, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, Bitch, the New York Post, and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn.