I’d like to think of this as a little series – inspirational reads and women – but we shall see how that goes. As it stands, I have a small pile of books written by women that I’ve found truly inspirational, and I’d love to share them with you guys.
First up, Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Now, this isn’t a new book by any stretch, but while you might have seen its bright yellow cover in bookshops, you might not have picked it up. You should. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never seen 30 Rock; if you aren’t familiar with any of Tina Fey’s work; or heck, you don’t even really know who she is; she is worth the read, regardless. I mean, this is an incredibly clever woman who is witty, self-deprecating and has words of wisdom that can be applied to every woman and girl’s life.
This book is her first (but I hope not her last!) and includes such joyful chapter headings as ‘Remembrances of Being Very Very Skinny’, ‘Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat’, ‘Peeing In Jars With Boys’ and ‘The Mother’s Prayer For Its Daughter’. It’s not merely an autobiography, it’s a collection of stories and anecdotes that will make you giggle and smile and feel happy, as well as make you think.
Why else do I like Tina Fey? She wrote Mean Girls; she’s besties with Amy Poehler (more on her another time); she acts; she tells jokes; she often appears on the ‘worst dressed’ lists and she doesn’t give a damn; she’s not afraid to look like a tit; she was part of the best tv show in years (30 Rock. It’s ace. Watch it); she had the best song in the new Muppets movie; and you know, you just know, that not only is she part of the ‘sisterhood’ but that she would be the BOMB to hang out with.
Here’s one of my favourite snippets from the book:
“I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
If you enjoyed this, go on and buy your own copy. I’m pretty certain you won’t regret it.
Next time: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.