Fainting Couch Feminists Episode 70: The Horror of Sweetness: Mona Awad Talks Performing Cuteness and Power in ‘Bunny’

Author Mona Awad (Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Bunny) chats with Mica about her new book and the various ways women perform sweetness—and for what reasons. Do we want power? Protection? A way to seduce? Or simply an exit strategy from an uncomfortable conversation? All of the above?

Mona Awad is the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl as well as the new bestseller, Bunny, which dives into the sweet horror of mean-girl-groups in a truly dark setting: grad school. In this episode, Mica and Mona talk about the various ways women perform sweetness and for what reasons. Do we want power? Protection? A way to seduce? Or simply an exit strategy from an uncomfortable conversation? Also up for discussion: student-teacher power dynamics, how body image colours our everyday interactions, and why writing can be such a violent process. Plus, advice from an award-winning novelist (hello, that’s Mona!) on how to get past writer’s block.

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