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Thursday Night @ The Guilde: You Play the Girl, A Conversation About Female Identity with NY Times Contributor & Author Carina Chocano

  • The Riveter 2236 South Barrington Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90064 United States (map)

You Play the Girl: A Conversation About Female Identity with NY Times Contributor & Author Carina Chocano


Join The Guilde in a timely conversation about female identity with Pop Culture Critic & NY Times Contributor Carina Chocano. Chocano has written a smart, funny commentary on how our culture shapes ideas about who women are, what they are meant to be and where they belong. Who is "the girl"? Look to movies, TV shows, magazines, and ads and the message is both clear and not: she is a sexed up sidekick, a princess waiting to be saved, a morally infallible angel with no opinions of her own. She's whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. She's an abstraction, an ideal, a standard, a mercurial phantom. 

From the moment we’re born, we're told stories about what girls are and they aren’t, what girls want and what they don’t, what girls can be and what they can’t. "The girl" looms over us like a toxic cloud, permeating everything and confusing our sense of reality. In You Play the Girl, Carina Chocano shows how we metabolize the subtle, fragmented messages embedded in our everyday experience and how our identity is shaped by them.  

From Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen, from the progressive ’70s through the backlash ’80s, the glib ’90s, and the pornified aughts—and at stops in between—Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. She explains how growing up in the shadow of “the girl” taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen.

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Thursday Nights @ The Guilde are part of our weekly programming. Keep us on your calendar for Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm. Locations will change weekly around West LA! 

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Meet Carina Chocano

Carina Chocano is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many others. She has been a film and TV critic at The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Her book You Play the Girl is the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for Criticism. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Location & Parking Information

The Riveter, 2236 South Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064.

The entrance to the building is in the back alley way between Barrington and Barry. 

For Parking, The Riveter has two private lots which will be available first come first serve for guests, one at 2240 Barry Ave, LA, 90064 and the other at 2247 Barry Ave, LA, 90064.

There are also Meter Parking options on both Barrington and Olympic Blvd.

For Public Transportation: The Expo/Bundy on Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 & City Metro line 4 Downtown LA - West LA via Santa Monica.


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