Graduation season is quickly approaching, we thought it would be good to talk about the book (or books!) by female authors that we’d give to students graduating high school. I’ve decided for this prompt I’m going to do part book review and part graduation gift.
Confession Time: I did not enjoy this book. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t over the moon about it. So why am I recommending it for a graduation gift you ask?
Well…it’s still a very important message. As someone who was shy, uncomfortable in my body, and unsure of myself when I graduated high school, a book like this would have been more useful than the cliché speech-turned-into-a-book books I was gifted and read prior to moving into that dorm for the first time.
This post is on Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman. This book is about women who have been called Too _______. From Serena Williams (Too Strong) to Nikki Minaj (Too Slutty) to Kim Kardashian (Too Pregnant), Anne Helen Petersen covers a lot of major criticisms that celebrity women (and women in general) face just being out in the world.
The reason I didn’t enjoy it was because the writing in it was simplistic and immature mixed with overuse of citations of her points. This is just a personal preference and it’s possible that this book just isn’t targeted to someone like me. However, the subject matter is 100% valuable, current, and great life lessons for a woman who’s about to leave home and into their first jobs and/or college. It is clearly well researched and even though it’s talking about celebrities, it comes across as relatable to anyone.
For example, let’s talk about Melissa McCarthy, the subject of the Too Fat chapter. Women are expected the act demure and fit into the tiny parameters of an acceptable body. McCarthy has busted through all of those stereotypes. She’s highly successful and refuses to be silenced and talks about her body in a frank way (even designing her own clothing line!). These issues can apply to any woman going into college to accept their bodies as they are and speak up and be proud of their accomplishments. McCarthy is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood right now, but doesn’t get the credit her male counterparts do. It doesn’t matter though because nothing is stopping her.
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