The Outlaw Josie’s CBR III #29 & 30: Bossypants by Tina Fey & Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

 “Despite my SNL apathy, I love Tina Fey, not only because of the brilliant Mean Girls but for her willingness to be outspoken about women and feminism in the media.  What I particularly like is that she is a very real manifestation of feminism at its core.  I often say to people who claim to not be feminist that feminism’s essence is about women having social and political equality to direct their lives as they see fit, and anything else that a feminist claims it is about is laid over that foundation as a result of that feminist’s desires.  Feminism is not a monolith.  Instead, it means that some women will choose to work construction and buzz their hair short and some women will choose to have dinner on the table by 5:30p in heels and pearls, but that society has pressured neither group into feeling they must do those things.  I appreciate that Tina Fey exemplifies this reality; she speaks openly about feeling pressures one way or the other, and talks about the existence of those pressures while also making choices for herself that line up with all kinds of different forces.  Having that conversation is important, and having an intelligent, well-spoken woman like Tina Fey to guide that conversation is a real asset.”  Read the rest of the review at The Outlaw Josie’s Cannonball Read Outpost

“Major Pettigrew reminds me of a man standing on the edge of the advancing Nothing in The Neverending Story.  His wife has passed away, his neighbors are abandoning the British gentility which has always guided him through interactions with them, and his son is such a man of the modern age that he may as well be a different species.  On the passing of his brother, Major Pettigrew’s family erupts into a display of poor behavior and entitlement unlike anything he has ever seen, particularly over the matter of his brother’s hunting gun, which is one of a pair owned by the men’s father and split amongst them to be passed down through the family.  They are a birthright, and it seems that the Major is the only one who still regards them thus.  As he struggles to make sense of this disappointment and retain control of the heirlooms, he must too manage a fledgling romance with Mrs. Ali, a beautiful, quiet widow who runs the shop near his home, and deal with the ugly striving of his son.”  Read the rest of the review at The Outlaw Josie’s Cannonball Read Outpost

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2 responses to “The Outlaw Josie’s CBR III #29 & 30: Bossypants by Tina Fey & Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

  1. scootsa1000

    How funny — these were the last two reviews I posted as well!

  2. theoutlawjosie

    Great minds!!

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