Review: Ariel Levy’s “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture”

ariel levy female chauvinist pigsLawksamighty, another book which tells me the world is nastier than I’d imagined. Levy analyses women’s participation in highly sexualised modern culture as consumers, purveyors and designers of Raunch Culture – aka women acting like porn stars all the time is the coolest, dude. With chapters on mainstream US trends in public sluttishness, dyke misogyny, teen sex anxieties and TV consumer-sex in various forms, it’s classic New Yorker writing and research on a hideously demoralising topic. Ewk. And ewk again. I have nothing intelligent to say except that I wish none of it were true yet I fear that all of it is: skankfest is the new black. Good on Levy for writing the book, this analysis needed to be done.

Where it came from: AN’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
Evening reads
Where it went: Home
Best line of the book: “Hotness doesn’t just yield approval. Proof that a woman actively seeks approval is a crucial criterion for hotness in the first place.” (p.31)
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to:
Dummy category – those who’ll read it aren’t the ones who’ll need it
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley; When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön