July 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW Washington DC 20024
Chelsea Hodson - Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays & Allie Rowbottom - Jell-O Girls: A Family History — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf @ Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, July 30, 2018 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This event, originally to take place at Union Market, has been rescheduled to the Wharf.

Tonight I’m Someone Else explores the realities of being a female artist in a society that commodifies women’s bodies while often dismissing their creativity. Many of the pieces focus on incidents and lessons from Hobson’s employment history, which includes work with NASA as well as stints as a model and an escort at a sugar-daddy dating website. Others explore relationships, from an innocent, time-limited friendship at summer camp to the more treacherous obsessiveness of being a boy-band fan and the victim of a stalker. Hobson, who was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, is a dynamic and humorous storyteller as well as an incisive analyst of the value of privacy and intimacy in the age of social media.

Part family memoir, part cultural history, and part feminist analysis of both, Jell-O Girls starts in 1899, when her great-great-great-uncle bought the Jell-O patent. It was a lucrative deal, but as successive generations of the women in the family became afflicted with cancer, alcoholism, and other maladies, Jell-O seemed to have come with a curse as well. Meanwhile, the product itself was marketed to middle-class white women as a quick and easy dessert—as pliable and moldable as women themselves were supposed to be. Concluding that the real Jell-O curse was patriarchy, Rowbottom explores the wider significance of the connection between food and power in American culture.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf 70 District Square SW Washington DC 20024