Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers

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 readers 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...

Details Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers

TitleDead Blondes and Bad Mothers
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherMelville House
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Politics, History, Horror

Reviews Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers

  • Lindsey
    If you feel like women are reaching a boiling point; if you question why we think about daughters, mothers, and wives the way we do; if you've always wondered where it all came from and where it might be heading..... 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. Completely ...
  • Marcus Kaye
    Holy shit this book was so good. Love horror? Love women? THEN HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU! Don’t? Then why are we even friends?
  • Casey
    As much as I loved Doyle's last book, this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I think her analysis of culture casting women as monstrous is both valid and important, but in condensing her examples, I feel that she sometimes leaves out crucial details that don't support her case. For instance, she contrasts Aileen Wuornos's six death sentences to Gary Ridgway's life imprisonment but fails to mention a) Ridgway has 48 life sentences plus 480 year...
  • Emily Chandler
    I spent months eagerly anticipating this book after reading Sady Doyle's debut Trainwreck, but this blew all my expectations out of the water. I devoured the entire thing in less than 24 hours both because its case studies and arguments were so compelling, and because its prose was moving, maddening and hilarious. I absolutely adored it, would recommend it to anyone with an interest in women, history, horror, true crime, gender and/or feminism, a...
  • Layma
    TW: mutilation, rape, sexual abuse, torture.The only reason that I'm posting trigger warnings is because I had no idea what I was going into and was positively shocked by the first chapter alone. (I'm not a fan of true crime genre and may be a bit too sensitive for many gory details cited in this book.)That said, I knew for sure I could expect brilliant writing and fresh ideas which I hadn't seen in any other popular nonfiction books on feminism....
  • Sarah
    I really loved this book. She basically breaks down cultural norms of misogyny. She uses three categories of womanhood to do this: daughters, wives and mothers, and brings in all kinds of mythology, history, film and literature, news stories, to demonstrate how completely vilified and demonized womanhood is in western culture. It was awesome to see how she took such a huge ambitious amount of cultural artifact and distilled it to support her hypo...
  • Lauren Olson
    I'm not much of a non-fiction reader. When I read something, I either want to be completely captivated and transported or I want the title to resonate with me and shine new a light on a topic I find personally important. Exceptional non-fiction, like this selection can accomplish both of those things. This will have something for fans of the Lore podcast, true crime, Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti. There are a lot of "badass ladies of history" s...
  • Meena Habibulla
    Dead blondes and Bad Mothers informs us of the ways society paints women and femaleness in a disturbing, and horrific manner. This is explored through history, literature, and film, and is posed and processed into the "acceptable" tropes of female nature and femininity (daughters, wives, and mothers). When women in myth, fairytales, pop culture, and in real life fail to comply with the paragons of womanhood, they are revealed to be monstrous. At ...
  • Gina
    A thought-provoking look at the effects patriarchy has had on women throughout the centuries. Using historical examples, literary tidbits, and statistics, Sady Doyle illustrates how male fear of female power and autonomy has kept women shackled, held back, and disillusioned. This is an eye-opening, sometimes rage-inducing, book that just might give women the impetus to take back what's been stolen from them.
  • Morgan Schulman
    I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review Wow wow wow.I've read a lot of Feminist books lately by internet-famous ladies, and they rarely get past the 101. but this was really new and refreshing. Ties in the fear of the maternal/sexual/powerful "witch" in the patriarchy nicely. Must read for all gender/women's studies c;lasses
  • Charlotte Newbury
    This book is full of everything I love. I want to hold it close to my chest like a secret and also tell everyone I know about it. Feminist theory on monsters, horror and true crime, motherhood and witches (!!! my favourite), all while being trans inclusive. Love.
  • Jess
    I’ve been preoccupied with the monstrous feminine for quite a while, and this book is an excellent addition to the subject! As a witch, and a mother of monsters, I highly recommend it!
  • Mehrsa
    The moment I finished this book, I told everyone I know to get it and read it ASAP. It is that good. Truly, a must-read. Doyle is a genius.
  • Cathy
    A tad hyperbolic at times, but overall a really enjoyable read. Dark, revealing, well-researched, and surprisingly hilarious. I’ll read anything Sady Doyle writes.
  • Kaleigh
  • Tim Pieraccini
    Fascinating, horrifying, and sometimes very witty. Final star given for revealing the simply astonishing ways in which patriarchal thought has conspired to twist narratives.
  • A'Llyn
    Fascinating, highly readable overview of the concept of monstrous femininity as it has been perceived and depicted in history.
  • Matt
    4.5 stars