Journalist Tracey Spicer strips her life – and the media – bare in this funny, full-frontal memoir.
Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana Wendt, this bogan from the Brisbane backwaters waded through the ‘cruel and shallow money trench’ of television to land a dream role: national news anchor for a major network.
But once there, she found that – for women – TV was less about news and more about helmet hair, masses of makeup and fatuous fashion, in an era when bosses told you to ‘stick your tits out’, ‘lose two inches off your arse’, and ‘quit before you’re too long in the tooth’. Still, Tracey plastered on a smile and did what she was told. But when she was sacked by email after having a baby, this good girl turned ‘bad’, took legal action against the network for pregnancy discrimination.
In this frank and funny ‘femoir’ -- part memoir, part manifesto -- Tracey encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl. Along the way, she pulls back the covers on the rise of fake news, the commercial influence on the media, the gender pay gap, pregnancy discrimination, anxiety, abortion, voluntary euthanasia, alcoholism, class warfare, sexual harassment, the beauty myth, and ‘good girl’ syndrome.
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk The Lady Stripped Bare has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio. She is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media.