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Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power (Compact Disc)

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By Sady Doyle, Chloe Cannon (Narrated by)
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If you are a woman reaching a boiling point, and have always wondered why we think about daughters, mothers, and wives the way we do – read this book. In her compulsively readable, feminist manifesto, Sady Doyle takes a sharp look at mythology, pop culture, and real women through a lens to see how patriarchy was, is, and always has been how we see women. I loved how she took familiar movies and mythologies and tied them to real women and situations. Completely fascinating.

— Lindsey


Women have always been seen as monsters. Men from Aristotle to Freud have insisted that women are freakish creatures, capable of immense destruction. Maybe they are. And maybe that's a good thing . . . Sady Doyle, hailed as "smart, funny, and fearless" by the Boston Globe, takes listeners on a tour of the female dark side, from the biblical Lilith to Dracula's Lucy Westenra, from the T-Rex in Jurassic Park to the teen witches of The Craft. She illuminates the women who have shaped our nightmares: Serial killer Ed Gein's "domineering" mother Augusta; exorcism casualty Anneliese Michel, starving herself to death to quell her demons; author Mary Shelley, dreaming her dead child back to life. These monsters embody patriarchal fear of women, and illustrate the violence with which men enforce traditionally feminine roles. They also speak to the primal threat of a woman who takes back her power. In a dark and dangerous world, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers asks women to look to monsters for the ferocity we all need to survive.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781684576319
ISBN-10: 1684576318
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Language: English