BOOK REVIEW: BOSSYPANTS BY TINA FEY
“You Can’t Be That Kid Standing At The Top Of The Waterslide, Overthinking It. You Have To Go Down The Chute.”
I have learnt so much from this book about what it means to be a woman in today’s world, or more specifically what it means to be a young woman in the corporate world. Tina Fey could be described in a hundred different ways because she has worn a hundred different hates throughout her career- she has been a writer, a producer, an actor, she has played characters that are outrageously funny and characters that have shocked us. But in my opinion, she can most accurately be described as an intelligent woman who has forced her way to the top of a male-dominated profession. As she puts it, “only in comedy does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.”
Because the truth of the matter is, when Fey was first starting out in comedy it was a genre of acting driven almost entirely by men, it wasn’t even a consideration that women might be f*cking hilarious. And while we have definitely moved forward since then, it still seems like women have to be twice as funny to get only half the laughs. This has taught Fey, and consequently her audiences, a thing or two on what it means to really ‘back yourself’ when no one else will.
“Don’t Waste Your Energy Trying To Educate Or Change Opinions…Do Your Thing, And Don’t Care If They Like It.”
She doesn’t come across in this book as a “bossy pants” at all, she comes across as a Girl Boss with a bigger brain than most of the idiots who have tried to get in the way of what she wants in life. This book reminded me to be my own biggest cheerleader and just because someone is wearing an expensive suit or carrying a shiny suitcase that doesn’t make them the captain of your ship or the master of your fate.
“Some People Say, Never Let Them See You Cry. I Say, If You Are So Mad You Could Just Cry – Then Cry. It Terrifies Everyone.”