Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle audiobook

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

By Sady Doyle
Read by Chloe Cannon

Highbridge Audio 9781612197920
Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year

A BookRiot Pick of Best Audiobooks

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stunning…A novel that sidesteps contemporary fiction’s more obvious beats.” Entertainment Weekly
“Ground-shaking…It is a battle for a body and a soul, and the stakes are high.” Paris Review
“It’s smart, fascinating, and thoughtful, and Cannon’s brilliant narration makes it incredibly easy to sink into.” Book Riot
“This book is brilliant as it is frightening. A must read for all fans of horror.” Tor.com
“A deep dive into misogyny in popular culture…Unflinching, hard-charging feminist criticism.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Sady Doyle

Author Bio: Sady Doyle

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English