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The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS
REVIEW BY KRISTY KYI

Tracey Spicer’s autobiographical account of her experiences working in the media is described as a “femoir – part memoir, part manifesto”.  Stemming from a TedX talk she gave in 2014, the book expands on the themes touched upon in that talk which has, to date, received over 2.1 million views.

Admittedly, I didn’t know a lot about Tracey Spicer before picking up this book – I knew she was a former Network Ten news reader, and I’d once read an article about her decision to stop wearing makeup, but I knew little more than that.

After reading this account of her time spent in what was (and still is, although perhaps to a less obvious extent) an extremely misogynistic and patriarchal working environment in the media – and her experiences with sexism which started much earlier than her career – I have realised that there is much more to this woman than I (and I’m sure many others) realised.

Unlike many of her peers who chose to accept the culture in the media industry, usually because they were too afraid to do anything else, Spicer spoke out against it. She ultimately took legal action against her employer for discrimination following her dismissal by email shortly after the birth of her second child.

The book is not just about her career though – it also touches on events in her personal life. These include her mother’s death from pancreatic cancer; her father’s battle with depression and alcoholism; and the heartbreak she and husband Jason faced trying to conceive their first child – and then dealing with complications when he was finally born. It’s clear that all of these experiences have helped to shape Spicer’s view of work and of the world in general.

With plenty of humour and a no-holds-barred approach, this book is not only a cautionary tale for young women, urging them to stand up against what is not right and pursue what is, but also an entertaining read which will have you cheering Spicer on.

 

Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.