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Hey girl! “Feminist Ryan Gosling” is now an actual book

Posted on May 18, 2012 by

I know you were all distracted by Ryan Gosling’s face on the cover of this book, but quit your ogling for a second so you can read the title: Feminist Ryan Gosling. The book features feminist theory as imagined from our favourite sensitive movie hunk.

Here’s the book’s official description:

What started as a silly way for blogger Danielle Henderson and her classmates to keep track of the feminist theorists they were studying in class quickly turned into an overnight sensation. Since its launch in October 2011, the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog has close to 30,000 followers and more than 3 million page views per month.

In this hilarious book based on the wildly popular blog, the author pairs swoon-worthy photos of the steamy actor with sensitive feminist theories and plenty of sweet talk. Included are 120 full-color photos and captions throughout, with some of the best entries from the blog along with 70 to 80 percent brand-new material for the book.

Sorry, I didn’t catch most of that, I was still staring at Ryan Gosling.

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6 Responses to “Hey girl! “Feminist Ryan Gosling” is now an actual book”

  1. Aliceb says:

    How is this informative or productive to the understanding of feminist theory. Quotes with images of hollywood heartthrobs seems reductive and ignorant to contemporary feministdiscussions. I was so looking forward to a more inclusive and insightful contemporary discussion. Instead it’s a direct appeal to commercialism and relies on well known tropes and quotes without context. What is learned? Not a feminist piece and definitely not theory if quotes are not given context and do nothing to promote a richer discussion and understanding. With the many wonderful and contemporary portratures of feminist theory it’s a shame that an instructor promoted this trivial representation.

    How do these students or/and their instructor define femenist theory with a pop star accompanied by historical and philosophical quotes

    • AliceB says:

      My apologies for poor grammar; I’m writing in the car.

      • Jess says:

        I don’t think it trivialises it.  Thinking of the current attitue most young women I have come into contact with have towards what they think is “feminism”, I reckon this would actually prompt some to give feminist theory a chance!

        • Alicebtoklas says:

          I would disagree this “faux irony” is a poor example of feminism in this form. Might one in a enlightened role as mentor teacher authority provide education that does not limit or make simple but instead broadens the understanding of feminism and provides a new critique rather than limiting feminism. This use of theory and identity politics restricts and misrepresents feminist theory. It’s the reason feminism continues to be marginalized. The possibilities for critical interventions around feminist theory; i find the project irresponsible and not “theory.” its offensive to those deeply invested in the untangling of the predictable limitations attached to feminism.

          I apologize for the critical remarks but at this time when gender, the body and the law that interprets that body

  2. Emily says:

    Oh please. It’s FUNNY! Lighten up. The message is getting out. Not all feminists speak the same language – this reaches people in its own way. It may not be YOUR way, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Geez. PS – I fell asleep halfway through your comments. Sorry.

  3. Ivim_enobio says:

    yes please Aliceb, let’s face it. Rygos feminists memes are that important.

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