Female Chauvinist Pigs: women and the rise of raunch culture by Ariel Levy

An inquisitive look into the image of the 21st century “liberated” female, Ariel Levy’s book “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” discusses some of the biggest questions in culture and feminism as they pertain to the media’s representation of women in America. Levy’s book outlines and scrutinizes the growing trend of lewd self-objectification by today’s women, both by those with considerable power and without, with an approachable humor and undeniable logic. Her thorough investigation at the way American society treats women and sex reveals a complex cultural dilemma that casts the (seemingly) most promiscuous as role models for today’s women and girls. In addition, Levy explores the notion of sex as a cultural currency for women rather than as a tool for pleasure – as it is represented for men. Overall, this book takes a look at our modern popular culture through a forward-thinking, logical feminist lens and is a great read for those who wonder why we choose people like Kim Kardashian and the women of Jersey Shore as our female role models.

Reviewed by Ariel

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One Response to Female Chauvinist Pigs: women and the rise of raunch culture by Ariel Levy

  1. Laura Romeyn says:

    Great review! Some topics seem to be a politically-correctness landmine and I really liked your choice of words. Not sure I will read the book, unless I knew there were any suggestions in it as how we might talk with our young women about this cultural reality. Life is complicated! Thanks for the really interesting review, though.

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