Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Narrated by: Anne Helen Petersen
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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One of NPR’s best books of 2017.

“Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to nonconforming 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 best-selling 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 the 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 powerhouses like Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton, 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 is a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today. 

“Must-read list.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Summer”.

Selected as one of Amazon's “Best Books of the Month”.

A Refinery29 editors' pick.

©2017 Anne Helen Petersen (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"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 best-selling author of All the Single Ladies)

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Excellent Book

This is an excellent analysis of current feminism, and the misogyny unleashed by the 2016 election. My only issue is the inclusion of Caitlyn Jenner. There have been many transgender activists before her who have done a lot more to advance the cause of the LGBTQ community, like Laverne Cox

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Fantastic

So insightful and smart. Also very entertaining. at first it sounded like the author had this little growl I, her voice,but it didn't take long to get used to.

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Every woman (and man) should read this book!

This book does an excellent job describing the cultural barriers set up to control women in our society through the lenses of many different, and very famous, women. I am 27 years old and I think every woman of every age should be talking about this with each other. It should be taught in high schools across America. I am giving it to all of my friends for Christmas this year. Here's to Unruly Women!

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I enjoy her online articles, her book is better

She strikes a great balance of gossip and taking a serious look at how society reacts to unruly women.

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Eye opening and fresh

This is a great book for the expansion of feminine understanding in a patriarchal world.

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very insightful!!!

5 star content and performance alike. I have to respond to another reviewers comment that it reads like a thesis or something. I disagree. it was easy to follow, to the point, very insightful. each chapter is unique and offers so much to think about.

the only thing I could do without.. the Hilary chapter. I'm a strident feminist and bernie supporter and if you zoom out and look at the establishment and where Hilary was coming from the entire chapter can be dismissed. I was all for a first woman president. but not her. so that chapters analysis is a zero for me. Peterson could have done a me too chapter. replaced Clinton's chapter with Christine blasey Ford. I'm sure she could have done it justice.

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both men and women should listen to this!

I'm a big fan of her work. It's objective, insightful and compelling. Thought-provoking and definitely worth your time.

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it's a relief...

Anne Helen Petersen writes so clearly and so cohesively that it gives me a firm grounding in what's happening behind all the subtle and slippery machinations of our culture. It's really refreshing.

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read this book

I really liked so many of the details in this, though I would have liked her to be clearer about reading quotes from others. I kind of expected this to read like a blog, but it was researched and full of feminist analysis. Every girl and woman (and man) might benefit greatly by reading a book telling us why uppity women need to be given room to breathe. It's inspirational without being too hokey.

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Reads like a college thesis paper

Sorry but this book was so dry. I could practically feel her reading off each bullet point on an outline. I agree with the politics of it, but thought her ideas were backed up by overly cherry-picked evidence. Unless you like reading students thesis papers, maybe find a more engaging read.

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  • 07-08-18

Intersectionality and open mindedness

Very interesting ready that made me question the policing of my own femininity (outwardly and inwardly) and the cognitive dissonances I've faced as a millennial woman. Only downfall, I wish there were more references to other unruly women (Solange, Tracee Ellis Ross, J K Rowling, Janelle Monae to name a few) Modanna is mentioned in pretty much, every chapter! Great read all the same.

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  • 02-19-18

A step forward for self worth

As an Australian woman listening to this book for the first time, I felt both empowered and saddened to hear the words of truth by Anne Helen Peterson throughout the chapters. Whilst the majority of the book references America, it’s an eye opening read (listen) for all women, all people, around the world. It should be heard and carefully listened to, to promote everyone’s equal right to live happy and healthy lives, no matter their gender, race, size, locale... WE ARE ALL OURSELVES AND SHOULD EMBRACE AND RESPECT OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER. Thanks for a great book x