Review. ‘Female Chauvinist Pigs could not have been an easy book to write Still, Ariel Levy pulls it off’ — Natasha Walter, The Guardian. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture [Ariel Levy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A classic work on gender. Editorial Reviews. Review. Ariel Levy’s debut book is a bold, piercing Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture – Kindle edition by Ariel Levy. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC.

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Her transphobia is frightening and hazardous. All women should read this and really start looking around at what society and our culture has become. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Women, it seems, either want to be ‘like men’, in the most limited definition possible, or they want to be like the siliconised women they think appeal to men.

And whatever you do or how you act, you’ll still always be a woman. This book, incidentally, is now hella old by modern cultural standards, seeing as it references LiveJournal and Friendster as things that are not defunct, but I assume that there were Erika Lusts around even back in the ancient days of But I think in several cases Levy goes too far.

When men realise that they have the capability to fundamentally respect women, and women realise that they have the power to present themselves as empowered, fully capable people, raunch culture may moan its last and final faked orgasm. It deconstructs enthusiastic sex-positivity feminism, pro-sex work feminism, AND commercialized feminism, all areas that need a hard eye.

She wants to call out people instead of structures. In her quest to femal 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 comp FCP is very easy to read. As for the book’s actual contents: This book had an interesting premise, and for that and the ideas discussed and questioned raised, it is worth reading.

Everyone should read this book. The book ends as a laundry-list of the Chernobyl Female Chauvinist Pigs was a difficult book for me to enjoy. While the organization encourages women to explore their own sexuality, the parties themselves have the appearance of an average strip club.

While Levy’s analysis of the ways in which some women participate in and uphold raunch culture is, at times, quite apt, this book as a plgs brushes past the true root of the issue patriarchy and in doing so places blame at the wrong placemat. 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.


Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Though, I do think that my stance on Ms. They find this so exhilarating, Levy is told, that the programme’s creator has likened the flashing girls to feminists burning their bras. Hannah Incredibly well said! Levy makes her claim that feminism has objectified women, encouraged women to act more manly, and be sexually promiscuous in order to be liberated.

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I’m specifically thinking ‘Family Guy’ here, but just television and film, music, and literature in general are loaded with subtle and blatant in-your-face sexism, which can be just as dangerous if not more so. Finally a coherent interpretation lfvy an array of phenomena I’d puzzled over in recent years The best erotic models, then, would seem to be the women who get the most pleasure out of sex, not the women who get the most money for it.

She also explained that men and women alike are confused on a fundamental level about what it means to be chauvibist and about what truly empowers women.

She argues that the sexualization of women sets them back in terms of equality and that they only hurt themselves by using their bodies as bargaining chips. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. The concept of feminism has changed since it first came about, to the point where what qualifies as feminism today is markedly different from the feminism of the s. XX and XY are not the be all and end all to gender identification.

Even women, he explains, don’t want to hang out with women.

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But Levy makes the point that these things aren’t necessarily empowering. As Levy shows men so unfavourably throughout, I do wish she’d included a caveat in her introduction stating that not all men act in negative, stereotypical ways.

Though I agree that women should be held accountable for their contributions to a system that perpetuates mysogyny just arel any person of any gender should be and though I’m sure that it was Levy’s intention to write a book that encourages such accountability, I don’t believe that this book effectively calls women to action in this ragard.

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How can anyone call it a “choice” in the first place? Levy constructs a damning indictment of what she dubs “Raunch Culture,” the ubiquitous blend of consumerism, pornography, and so-called sexual liberation that has infected every corner of American culture.


And other women thought strippers are ultimate sexual fantasy — but it’s their job to fekale arousal. Levy, like it seems every feminist author is required to do, includes a bit on labiaplasty, aka “designer vaginas”, a horrible procedure that women are doing to make their woo-woos look like porn stars.

But true sexual liberation, Levy tells us, is not found by everybody around a strippe The basic point of this book is very chauvinjst simple and can be summarized in one paragraph: We already have little girl heels for three year olds Suri Cruiseand Abercrombie and Fitch has designed a padded bikini bra for 8 year olds View all 7 comments. Levy is concerned that we’ve pige something so individual and personal — our own desires and needs — and bottled them up into a neat little package of what is “sexy.

The book ends as a laundry-list of the Chernobyl-children of feminism with no look at the future.

By using this site, chhauvinist agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I highly recommend this book I’d also recommend Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth – which tackles the abstinence movement Levy briefly touches upon in her own book – for some follow-up reading.

It is worth asking ourselves if this bawdy world of boobs and gams we have resurrected reflects how far we’ve come, or how gemale we have left to go. Some might just look at these levg and never even think of how these giants have played an intense game with the way society looks at them in order to succeed. It was acknowledged but again, no history or culture explored to find out where this hatred stemmed from.

Perhaps we should rethink thongs for ten-year-olds.

Lists with This Book. Guys should like it. Levy is saying that womyn and girls shouldn’t be sexual for the sake of men or for the sake of our society, because being sexual has become about how womyn look through the eyes of men, or other womyn.