Review: Brave by Rose McGowan

Title: Brave

Author: Rose McGowan

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

‘My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.’
–Rose McGowan

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – a voice for generations

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto―a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.


The Review

The momentum of the #MeToo movement has created massive ripples – not just among the world of celebrities with the downfall of Weinstein and the recent case of Jeffrey Epstein. It has filtered through modern society and women are not going to take vile misogyny anymore. The discourse around sexual harassment has changed. Women have often felt that they have to prove they have been attacked or violated – it is their word against the attackers and it is the only type of case where the victim is scrutinised as much as the alleged perpetrator. This is changing and it must continue to change to protect the vulnerable.

Whilst the movement isn’t down to just one person, the importance role of Rose McGowan and her bravery cannot go unacknowledged. In her autobiography Brave she discusses the systemic sexism, male privilege and sexual harassment that many actresses like her have faced on a daily basis. And she is mad. She is pissed off and dammit she has a right to be.

The candour, honesty and amazing articulation that McGowan has allowed her to tell her fascinating story makes Brave such a compelling read. What she has been through makes you examine things that have happened to you. Things that you may have just brushed aside at the time or just laughed off uncomfortably are highlighted as someone else’s inappropriate behaviour. It is now, with Rose McGowan and others strong examples that we can call out this bad behaviour.

Rose McGowan is asking us all to be brave.

Brave by Rose McGowan is available now.

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