As someone who had a very strict Catholic upbringing and attended several years of Catholic school, I found Hollywood and Catholic Women to be very thought-provoking and unsettling. Reading the synopsis of the films, several of which I had seen, I was amazed at how much I have accepted to be as a “normal” representation of women. When I read the analysis, however, my eyes were really opened and I realized that what I had accepted as normal was actually still fairly demeaning to women.
Fortunately, this was not the case in every film, yet it definitely was for the majority. Hollywood and Catholic Women is a very valuable, well-researched resource that should be read by all Catholic women. It would definitely make an excellent choice for women’s reader groups. It is highly enlightening.
(Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)