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An engaging study of unruly women

Esther J. Cepeda on

Still, Peterson has written an intelligent and fascinating book that prompts us to make connections and subsequently allows us to reconsider how we judge women in the public eye.

Because I tend to ignore anything Kardashian-related, I had been unaware of the direct connection between the social media-fueled images of maternity and childbirth perfection and the very real health crises that plagued Kim Kardashian's high-risk pregnancies and caused her swollen feet to become trending stories.

Similarly, Peterson's chapter on Jenner's transition -- and the many ways in which it is not emblematic of an everyday person's financial, emotional and societal struggles in being transgender -- is a mini-masterpiece of LGBTQ history and how it clashes with the American ideal of the Olympic athlete.

I truly enjoyed reading Peterson's study of unruly women, but I do have to say that it's too bad that no Asian-American or Hispanic women made it into her book. As a result, it feels like they were lumped together in a category marked "Too Invisible" or "Too Marginalized" and, surely, this can't be.

From Tiger Moms (Amy Chua) to the first female Doctor Watson (Lucy Liu) and any number of controversial or beloved Hispanic celebrities (Sofia Vergara and Selena Quintanilla spring to mind), unruly women come in all races and ethnicities.

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Esther Cepeda's email address is estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

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