Saturday, January 10, 2015

Girls Will be Girls

Title: Girls Will be Girls
Author: Emer O'Toole
Genre: Non Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 10/10

I was given an egalley of this book by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"The fiercest new voice of feminism - Emer O'Toole is the perfect mix of Caitlin Moran, Germaine Greer and Lena Dunham.

Emer O'Toole once caused a media sensation by growing her body hair and singing 'Get Your Pits Out For The Lads' on national TV. You might think she's crazy - but she has lessons for us all. Protesting against the 'makey-uppy-bulls**t' of gender conditioning, Emer takes us on a hilarious, honest and probing journey through her life - from cross-dressing and head shaving, to pube growing and full-body waxing - exploring the performance of femininity to which we are confined.

Funny, provocative and underpinned with rigorous academic intelligence, this book shows us why and how we should all begin gently to break out of gender stereotypes. Read this book, open up your mind and, hopefully, free your body. GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS is a must-read wake-up call for all young women (and men)."


Very different from my usual stuff, but this deserves a mention.
Absolutely loved it! Truthful, funny, witty and yet biting.
Pointed out many truths of society, and made for a very entertaining read. The only reason why it took me so long to read was that I kept having to put it down and take some days to think about the views O'Toole presented. Girls Will be Girls is a truly thought-provoking delight to read.
As a student of gender and it's portrayal in literature and how it affects our society, this was not only very interesting to me on an academic level, but also on a more personal level. O'Toole puts into practice what theorists like de Beauvoir and du Plessis talk about, and the resulting stories are both hilarious in the way they are told, and illuminating in what they reveal about society.
Definitely worth a read.

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