Bossypants by Tina Fey: A Review


Tina Fey is funny! And so is her book, in waves and spurts that is.

I read the book in two days flat and was chuckling to myself rather embarrassingly in more than one inappropriate situations. I also got the weird look from my boyfriend for sneaking in the book while with him (Sorry love) but that is how hooked on I was.

Not only does Fey manage to be funny, she also makes sense and makes us laugh at the dismal state of our society especially on the issue of what is considered beautiful.

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”

But although she tries hard to sound against the stereotypes she makes fun of (“You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to fuck it.” ) and leaves no stone unturned to not have her daughter believe blonde is beautiful, her own personal choices put across a rather mixed message. Reports say she lost 35 pounds when she was 29 years old by joining the WeightWatchers and has also undergone plastic surgery to look the way she does today. She wrote two brief bullet point chapters on being fat and being thin and this seemed to evidence a kind of discomfort around the issue.

Fey also talks extensively about her work and the challenges she faces during her years at Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock consequently. Her experience portraying Sarah Plain is plain entertaining.


The chapter on her Honeymoon-gone-wrong (They took a cruise, what else were they expecting!) is one of the funniest parts of the book. Her conflict about being a working mother and the guilt that follows is realized when she describes her daughter picking out a book where the working mother is likened to a witch (who even publishes these sort of books!)

The overall feeling that the book leaves you with is similar to meeting a witty woman who has been courageous enough to showcase to you a glimpse of what lies inside her applauded sense of humor.


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