The Accidental Feminist

The Accidental Feminist

How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice

Book - 2012
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Reveals how Elizabeth Taylor's on-screen persona introduced influential feminist ideas to mainstream audiences, from gender discrimination and birth control to the roles of women and sexual choices.
Publisher: New York : Walker, c2012
ISBN: 9780802716699
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 TAY LOR
Characteristics: viii, 212 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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vonnyb
Mar 22, 2018

This book offers some excellent insight into some of Elizabeth Taylor's best movies, and some of her lesser-known ones as well. I was expecting the analysis to be a little more intense, but this is a nice, easy read that points out how many of the roles Taylor played are of women who refuse to be victims, and who live life on their own terms. Representation matters, and Taylor represented strong, independent women in a period of history where such qualities in women were not only undervalued but strongly discouraged and even punished. It was fun to relive some of these movies through M.G. Lord's eyes. Be aware that the book is full of spoilers, though, so you may want to watch the movies first.

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SK_Jarlone
Nov 16, 2015

Great book. This is how I discovered James Dean, Taylor's research concerning AIDS, and some really cool movies like Giant.

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