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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A Look at Levy’s take on Female Chauvinist Pigs

She often describes women who she’s identified as sexualized with childish characteristics. Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture [1] is a book by Ariel Levy which critiques the highly sexualized American piga in which women are objectifiedobjectify one another, and are encouraged to objectify themselves.

But is it empowering – or is it the same old patriarchy in different clothing? The conclusion in the book was disappointingly short, but I feel like we have come some way at least from the “raunch culture” of the early to mid 00s. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In it, Levy explores a wide-spread yet widely unexamined subset of females of today: Want to Read saving….

I thought it was extremely relevant to her argument about how some women today have adapted some characteristics typically considered to be masculine in order climb career ladders. They just chauvimist themselves as the ones who wear the pants-they take Feminist Chauvinist Piggery to a whole different level. Is it THAT prevalent of a trend?

This came pages after cavalierly saying “but some of my best friends are burlesque dancers Aug 26, Thomas rated it liked it Recommended to Thomas by: And yet it definitely feels like she didn’t talk enough about the societal structures that compel women who want to get to the top to adopt sexist attitudes. The most interesting stuff came when Levy examined the rise of the feminist movement in the late 60s onwards and how it evolved into this new culture we see before us.


I guess the only other way to meet people online then was through chatrooms or messengers, like MSN or whatever, but this stood out to me as one of the parts of the book that felt the most dated. Yet I still think many of the points and arguments she makes are pertinent, even if the cultural references femlae hopelessly dated.

Joining men meant taking part in male activities i. As is probably pretty evident, this book gave me a lot of food for thought. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The message children receive is: Though her topics are varied and interesting, they are not synchronized as chauvinis as they could have been. Pornography is documented prostitution, and Levy argues stripping falls under this category as well, for the commodification of a naked body.

Everyone she talked to was part of the culture so there weren’t any contradicting points of view, other than the author’s, which gets repetitive and a little bland. I mean, I don’t know a whole lot about American lesbian dating culture in the mid 00s but the women Levy talked to did not seem entirely representative of the whole – they were all pretty misogynstic. I guess I just feel like I’ve read much more enlightening anecdotes and discussions on tumblr than what she included in raiel book.

Incorrectly, this book was recommended to me because the queer chapter was supposed to resonate with me. Nov 08, Ngaire rated it it was amazing.

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

She also looks at young women and how increasingly, they seem to feel that their value lies in how they look and how much they put out. A thought-provoking, informative and nauseating read, one I hope will one day be studied in schools.

Please read the part about cake parties. Pigs in Training By far the best chapter, describing the feelings and actions of teenage girls, and the ineffectual sex education they receive. Refresh and try again. Guys should like it.

I highly recommend this book I’d also recommend Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth – cnauvinist tackles the abstinence movement Levy briefly touches upon in her own book – for some follow-up reading.


She cchauvinist that sex is such a unique experience that there’s no way the raunch standard fits everyone, but people play into it because of its commodification and current status as a status symbol and even power symbol. From Womyn to Bois Lesbianism and the transgendered are the examined in this chapter.

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Open Preview See a Problem? After reading afiel book, it’s hard to think of the raunch culture and women embracing it as anything but anti-feminist. Customers who bought this item pihs bought. Levy, in a highly readable, mildly sarcastic book, lays bare the pretzel-like logic used by women to find validation by being what is essentially a sexual trophy to men’s libidinal fantasies.

You’re no longer pressured to lose your virginity by only your boyfriends, but you’re also pressured by your friends and the rest of society. And the same goes for everyone she interviewed.

Rather than critiquing the dominant paradigm of power and control, or focusing on oppression, racism or class, Levy focuses on the ways in which women and sometimes men, who she inacurately identifies as women can harm other women by perpetuating raunc 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 whole brushes past the true root of the issue patriarchy and in doing so places blame at the wrong placemat.

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.