Sady Doyle will be reading
by Sady Doyle
Melville House (2016)
Sady Doyle will be reading from her book Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why and discussing where these women came from. What are their crimes? And what does it mean for the rest of us? She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck. She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is also as old (and as meaningful) as feminism itself. From Mary Wollstonecraft—who, for decades after her death, was more famous for her illegitimate child and suicide attempts than for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman—to Charlotte Brontë, Billie Holiday, Sylvia Plath, and even Hillary Clinton, Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck dissects a centuries-old phenomenon and asks what it means now, in a time when we have unprecedented access to celebrities and civilians alike, and when women are pushing harder than ever against the boundaries of what it means to “behave.”
Sady Doyle is the author of Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why (Melville House 2016), a book on how we build up and tear down rebellious women, from the French Revolution to Perez Hilton. It has been called “smart, funny and fearless” (Boston Globe), “compelling” and “persuasive” (New York Times Book Review), and “a deeply researched account of our culture’s misogynistic obsession with trainwrecks” (Portland Mercury); The Atlantic predicted that “Trainwreck will very likely join the feminist canon.”
In 2008, she founded the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown. While at Tiger Beatdown, she led several successful social media awareness campaigns, including #MooreandMe and #MenCallMeThings, and won the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award in 2011.
Sady has also been a staff writer at In These Times Magazine and Rookie Magazine (her pieces can be found in Rookie: Yearbook One and Yearbook Two) and contributed several pieces to the bestselling Book of Jezebel. Her work appears regularly at Elle.com, QZ, and more.
In addition to all of the above, she’s spoken at Harvard, SXSW, and Netroots Nation. Her pieces have appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Awl, Buzzfeed, and all across the Internet.
(Saturday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas