Citizen Girl

Meet twenty-something Girl. Her famous feminist boss saddles Girl with the worst tasks, steals her ideas and fires her for speaking out. After a desperate search, Girl is hired for a dream job with a matching dream salary. As the Director of Rebranding Knowledge Acquisition for My Company, she doesn’t exactly know what she’s supposed to do, but it involves dodgy activities with her boss and  makeovers to fit in with a new California client. “You’re lucky to even be here…. We’re about to buy you a few thousand dollars’ worth of suits. So just go try on the goddamn bikini…. Honey, what’re ya gonna do about the bush?”

As work goes from bad to worse, and her boyfriend fluctuates between fleeing Girl and being there for her, a new boss takes My Company into a whole new dark direction (think sex industry), Girl is forced to make a decision between morals and money.

The writing is slick, psuedo-clever, and sparse on the descriptions. It’s about feminism, and how hard it is for an intelligent, well-meaning young woman to try to make a living out of making the world a better place for women. Girl puts up with a lot of crap with the hope of hopefully doing something positive in the end. The more insults and mistreatment that she puts up with, the more money that she makes. She’s motivated both by her need to get a steady paycheck and by her wish to do something positive at the end of the day. She works for a horrible company and is relentlessly used, exploited, and insulted. The work that she does goes against everything feminist that she believes in, but she stays with it largely because she hopes that if she does the work the company will make good on its promise to make a charitable donation to a non-profit women’s organization. Plus, the economy is bad and she needs a steady paycheck. For most of the characters in this book, feminism is more of a jargon and a marketing strategy than a cause.

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2 Responses to “Citizen Girl”

  1. Sounds like a not-so-squeaky-clean version of Devil Wears Prada?

  2. @Aarti: couldn’t have said it better, m’dear.

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