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Who is the iconic rebel? Is it a character from the legacy of James Dean or Clint Eastwood, or maybe a Beat Generation writer? Is it a woman? Modern pop culture and the media have distorted the notion of rebellion. Classic male rebels appear sexy, nomadic—naturally rebellious—while unorthodox women are reprimanded, made to fit unrealistic roles and body images, Who is the iconic rebel? Is it a character from the legacy of James Dean or Clint Eastwood, or maybe a Beat Generation writer? Is it a woman? Modern pop culture and the media have distorted the notion of rebellion. Classic male rebels appear sexy, nomadic—naturally rebellious—while unorthodox women are reprimanded, made to fit unrealistic roles and body images, or mocked for their decadence and self-indulgence. In order to appreciate our legacy of female rebels—and create space for future cultural icons—the notion rebellion needs to be revaluated. From Madonna and Marilyn Monroe to the reality TV stars and hotel chain heiresses of the twenty-first century, Hellions analyzes the celebration of pop culture icons and its impact on notions of gender. Looking at these past examples, Hellions expands upon the definition of rebellion and offers a new understanding of what would be considered rebellious in the celebrity-obsessed media culture of the twenty-first century.


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Who is the iconic rebel? Is it a character from the legacy of James Dean or Clint Eastwood, or maybe a Beat Generation writer? Is it a woman? Modern pop culture and the media have distorted the notion of rebellion. Classic male rebels appear sexy, nomadic—naturally rebellious—while unorthodox women are reprimanded, made to fit unrealistic roles and body images, Who is the iconic rebel? Is it a character from the legacy of James Dean or Clint Eastwood, or maybe a Beat Generation writer? Is it a woman? Modern pop culture and the media have distorted the notion of rebellion. Classic male rebels appear sexy, nomadic—naturally rebellious—while unorthodox women are reprimanded, made to fit unrealistic roles and body images, or mocked for their decadence and self-indulgence. In order to appreciate our legacy of female rebels—and create space for future cultural icons—the notion rebellion needs to be revaluated. From Madonna and Marilyn Monroe to the reality TV stars and hotel chain heiresses of the twenty-first century, Hellions analyzes the celebration of pop culture icons and its impact on notions of gender. Looking at these past examples, Hellions expands upon the definition of rebellion and offers a new understanding of what would be considered rebellious in the celebrity-obsessed media culture of the twenty-first century.

30 review for Hellions: Pop Culture's Rebel Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.A.

    YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS FUCKING BOOK! Then read her book CINDERELLA'S BIG SCORE! By way of review let me share my blurb on the back of the book: Raha blazes forth to embolden all the F words! One of our keenest cultural critics has done it again, her mind on the fierce poundings where our hearts lead us! Raha is proof that it takes a rebel to know one! AND I MEAN EVERY FUCKING WORD! RAHA RULES! CAConrad YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS FUCKING BOOK! Then read her book CINDERELLA'S BIG SCORE! By way of review let me share my blurb on the back of the book: Raha blazes forth to embolden all the F words! One of our keenest cultural critics has done it again, her mind on the fierce poundings where our hearts lead us! Raha is proof that it takes a rebel to know one! AND I MEAN EVERY FUCKING WORD! RAHA RULES! CAConrad http://CAConrad.blogspot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    hellions had a lot of potential but it didn't exactly live up to it. i felt like her critiques and observations were very superficial, looking only at what's on the surface. there was no room for any other kind of readings of these women besides what the author thought. i was also extremely bothered by the fact that any woman who decided to have children and/or get married and/or find happiness in domesticity was considered weak and not a feminist. that frustrated me a lot and put a sour mood on the boo hellions had a lot of potential but it didn't exactly live up to it. i felt like her critiques and observations were very superficial, looking only at what's on the surface. there was no room for any other kind of readings of these women besides what the author thought. i was also extremely bothered by the fact that any woman who decided to have children and/or get married and/or find happiness in domesticity was considered weak and not a feminist. that frustrated me a lot and put a sour mood on the book for me. a quick read about the idea of the rebel in american popular culture, with focus on some great women and female characters, but again...it could've been so much better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I felt this author's message was a bit inconsistent. I also found she would creatively edit some of the information she referenced in order to butress her point futher which made me doubt the veracity of the book of the opinions she was expressing. I was also disappointed that she did not blast HBO's Sex in the City, which I find to be one of the worst, sterotypical, pathetic portrayal of women to come in a long time. I saw they SATC picture towards the end of the book and was relishi I felt this author's message was a bit inconsistent. I also found she would creatively edit some of the information she referenced in order to butress her point futher which made me doubt the veracity of the book of the opinions she was expressing. I was also disappointed that she did not blast HBO's Sex in the City, which I find to be one of the worst, sterotypical, pathetic portrayal of women to come in a long time. I saw they SATC picture towards the end of the book and was relishing reading her rip them to shreds only to have her let out barely a whimper on them. Hmpf!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book opened up with some great points about rebellion. But the author seemed too judgemental to certain rebels in history. Calling some 'female rebels' out for letting themselves become sexualized when the 'rebels' the author seemed to hold in high regard as authentic were sexualized characters in the exact same way. Not to mention the many other rebelious innovators and artists she denied a real backstory to or just excluded altogether.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anjela

    reading now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Kerouac is passe! Long live powerful women!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I was expecting more, although I don't know why. Similar in style to Raha's other book, Cinderella's Big Score, which means a lot of personal opinion and not much meat.

  8. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    An entertaining and quick read about women rebels. I was expecting this to read more like multiple biographies, but I found it to be more like reading a really long copy of Bitch magazine.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kari

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marlys

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Simon

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kari

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

  17. 4 out of 5

    keyvan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bava Farook

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vanesa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve Lowenthal

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allison Thurman

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Smoot

  24. 4 out of 5

    Skylar

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kewpie

  26. 5 out of 5

    LavaLamp

  27. 5 out of 5

    K Kriesel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Timothea Canny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hope McCain

  30. 5 out of 5

    Celine

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