You’ve see them plastered on the cover of tabloids: an aging actress, an out-of-control diva or a fading superstar in rehab. They’re referred to as “train wrecks.” In Sady Doyle’s latest book, “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why,” Doyle looks at women who were seen as train wrecks. She looks at examples such as Mary Wollstonecraft from the late 1790s to the more familiar Britney Spears. However, Doyle puts a different spin on their lives and how they are actually powerful feminist icons.
- The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why,” Sady Doyle, the founder of the blog Tiger Beat down and a staff writer at In These Times magazine, reclaims her.
- In a culture that explains away similar (or worse) behavior by men, the train-wreck phenomenon is amplified by new technologies in surveillance and social media, which track the transgressions of public figures in real time and replay them on endless loops.
- The posthumous revelation of Wollstonecraft’s premarital sex began her downfall, rendering “Vindication” and its progressive gender politics suspect for more than a century.
“Young women now have even greater access to instant fame. And because nearly every minute of their lives can be recorded, their most mundane or traumatic moments are fodder for the world to endlessly consume and condemn.”