Monday, July 25, 2005

Book Rant

If you don't want to hear the ending don't read!!!!!
Last night I finished Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (the authors of The Nanny Diaries) and never before have I HATED a book like this one. I very much enjoyed The Nanny Diaries so it's disappointed the authors dropped the ball like that. Taking a cue from Stewie in Family Guy I will now give Citizen Girl a compliment sandwich.
Slice of bread: The writing is funny.
Baloney: The story follows Girl who is a couple years out of college and is recently fired from her job. Her career is working with women's issues in some capacity. She ultimately lands this apparently awesome job where she helps this women's search engine move from info on beauty and health to info on women's issues (ie domestic violence shelters). Lo and behold the job is not as good as it seems her boss is an ass and does not give her much guidance. Eventually, it becomes clear that the company really just wants lots of money so they nix the original idea and instead focus on lingerie. Girl is sent to LA to woo the lingerie company's lesbian CEO. She is made to wear this skimpy bikini to an orgy business pool party and the boss guy even makes her get a bikini wax so she can look perfect a) he does not know lesbians and body hair go hand in hand b) that is sooooo sexual harrassment! (he even threatens firing her) c) there's not even a lesbian love scene to make it worth it. So Girl in order to spread feminism stays at a job where she is harrassed and it goes against her ethics. There is also a lot of social commentary that the 60s idea of feminism (equal rights) is retro and now women's main concern is sex and being able to have it with whoever they want. Women today don't want to hear abot victims of this or that because being a women means you "can do". Also as a side-plot Girl is hooking up with/dating this ass of a guy, but yet she puts up him too! Eventually, at the end (cause really it can't get worse) the company becomes a porno site where "business women get beat and raped (really screw your boss!) and one of the porno stars (from a subplot in the book) is a foreigner who in exchange for a Green Card was forced to join a prositution ring and escapes and finds work as a maid for this company however she "promoted" to porn star where once again she is being raped and abused. Girl accepts $1 million dollars for a woman's charity in exchange for her silence. Fucked up! To quote the book this book should be taught in a "'how the media is fucking up women' class".
Slice of bread: I like how the characters are every man/women with the names Girl, Guy etc.


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