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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Cultureby Ariel Levy
"The picture that Levy paints is more than a little grim: raunch culture, which is essentially misogynist, callow, simplistic and ubiquitous, breeds women-hating-women who angle for power with men and propagate more raunch under the deceitful guise of feminist empowerment." Christine Smallwood, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Sharp, witty, and utterly convincing, Levy's book is a call to arms for women who have fallen into the trap of phony feminism. The new Uncle Tom is a woman looking to the male chauvinist pig to find out who she is. If Levy's book has the impact that it merits, this won't be true for long." Larissa N. Dooley, Boldtype (read the entire Boldtype review)
Synopses & Reviews
Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig — the new brand of "empowered woman" who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as if it were a sport, and embraces "raunch culture" wherever she finds it. If male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other women — and of themselves. They think they're being brave, they think they're being funny, but in Female Chauvinist Pigs, New York magazine writer Ariel Levy asks if the joke is on them.
In her quest to uncover why this is happening, Levy interviews college women who flash for the cameras on spring break and teens raised on Paris Hilton and breast implants. She examines a culture in which every music video seems to feature a stripper on a pole, the memoirs of porn stars are climbing the best-seller lists, Olympic athletes parade their Brazilian bikini waxes in the pages of Playboy, and thongs are marketed to prepubescent girls. Levy meets the high-powered women who create raunch culture — the new oinking women warriors of the corporate and entertainment worlds who eagerly defend their efforts to be "one of the guys." And she traces the history of this trend back to conflicts between the women's movement and the sexual revolution long left unresolved.
In the tradition of Susan Faludi's Backlash and Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, Levy pulls apart the myth of the Female Chauvinist Pig and argues that what has come to pass for liberating rebellion is actually a kind of limiting conformity. Irresistibly witty and wickedly intelligent, Female Chauvinist Pigs makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come, it only proves how far they have left to go.
"[Levy's] forays into a Girls Gone Wild shoot, several parties hosted by the neo-feminist group Cake, the lesbian subculture of New York and San Francisco, and the private lives of sexually active teenagers make for smart, acerbic reading." Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review
"An assertive blast, filled with punchy language and vivid images." Kirkus Reviews
"A piercing look at how women are sabotaging their own attempts to be seen as equals by going about the quest the wrong way, Levy's engrossing book should be required reading for young women." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Ariel Levy has become feminism's newest and most provocative voice." Cindy Adams, The New York Post
"With Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy becomes feminism's newest and most provocative voice, brilliantly laying bare the contradictions and evasions and self-deceptions that pass for empowerment." Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point
"Ariel Levy strips the Girls Gone Wild culture of its cuteness in her provocative Female Chauvinist Pigs, arguing that post-feminist poster girls such as the Playboy Bunnies offer only faux empowerment." Vanity Fair
"Female Chauvinist Pigs is smart, alarming, and extremely funny. With nuance and humor, Levy has written both a convincing expose of sex and desire in contemporary America and an important cultural history. I'm giving a copy to my mother. And my sons." Cathleen Schine, author of The Love Letter and She Is Me
"As everyone knows — we people generally, Americans in particular — let sex drive us mad. Female Chauvinist Pigs is a heroic (and smart and entertaining and disturbing) stab at looking very sanely at one rampant form the insanity is taking these days. Ariel Levy understands that while we may defend to death every woman's right to look and act like a whore, it doesn't mean we're prigs if we find it unfortunate." Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century
"Ariel Levy has given us an important, lively, shocking investigative report about how and why — in an age of HIV/AIDS and religious fundamentalism — U.S. commercialism has mainstreamed pornography, popularized raunch images (and practices), and revived female 'bimbo' roles. This is a call to arms for women and girls who are being sold pseudo empowerment, phony liberation, and fake rebellion — instead of the real thing: freedom. A must-read for young women — and everyone else." Robin Morgan, author and activist
In this passionate report from the front lines, a New York magazine writer examines the enormous cultural impact of the newest wave of post-feminism.
Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig — the new brand of "empowered woman" who embraces "raunch culture" wherever she finds it. In her groundbreaking book, andlt;iandgt;New Yorkandlt;/iandgt; magazine writer Ariel Levy argues that, if male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, andlt;iandgt;Female Chauvinist Pigsandlt;/iandgt; of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other women — and of themselves. Irresistibly witty and wickedly intelligent, andlt;iandgt;Female Chauvinist Pigsandlt;/iandgt; makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come; it only proves how far they have left to go.
About the Author
Ariel Levy is a contributing editor at New York magazine. This is her first book.
Table of Contents
One Raunch Culture
Two The Future That Never Happened
Three Female Chauvinist Pigs
Four From Womyn to Bois
Five Pigs in Training
Six Shopping for Sex
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