BuzzFeed Editor Anne Helen Petersen to Visit Boise to Speak on "Unruly" Women 

Author and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen is an expert on celebrity gossip—its history was the subject of her dissertation, the topic of her first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood (Plume, 2014), and is now the focus of her second, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman (Plume, 2017). Petersen will visit Boise on Friday, Feb. 9, to what she does best: discuss how women celebrities are pioneering new ways of womanhood.

The event, a collaboration between local bookshop Rediscovered Books and the Boise State University Department of History and Politics, will take place after hours at the women's clothing store Title Nine on Eighth Street, and give Petersen a platform for a talk and Q&A with up to 100 audience members. Tickets to the event cost $35, and include a copy of the new book and a $10 donation to the Women's and Children's Alliance.

click image Anne Helen Petersen's Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman profiles modern women who refuse to conform to societal standards of femininity.  - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • Anne Helen Petersen's Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman profiles modern women who refuse to conform to societal standards of femininity.

"If I’m lucky we’ll still be able to line up an [onstage] interview," said Rediscovered Books co-owner Laura DeLaney, who helped organize the event. "...But really, this is a chance for her to talk about what she sees as the voice of women and how it connects with current events, and the book and the research she did with it.”


Too Fat, Too Slutty is a series of short profiles on celebrity women who are too much, in one way or another, for the feminine standards of society—Serena Williams is "Too Strong," Madonna is "Too Old" and Kim Kardashian is "Too Pregnant," among many others. Each woman gets a chapter, and Petersen dives into what makes them "social variable[s]" in the modern age.

"I think that, at any given point in history, you can look at the people who were the main stars and celebrities and extrapolate so much about what American society valued or was feeling anxiety about at that time," Petersen told Vice in 2014. Though she was talking about her first book, the description is just as apt.

Petersen's talk will be the second in what Rediscovered Books hopes to make a new series of events featuring books and authors speaking on crucial and controversial topics, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits. The first event, in Nov. 2017, featured author Nate Blakeslee discussing his book American Wolf, and a portion of the proceeds benefited the Idaho Conservation League.

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I don’t know how often I’m going to pull [events like this] off," DeLaney said, "My hope is to do this four times a year...

I really want my next one to focus around diversity, and African American perspectives, or refugee perspectives. Something that is really outside the dominant culture of what we see in Boise."

Snag tickets or learn more at the Rediscovered Books website.
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