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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture: Woman and the Rise of Raunch Culture
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture: Woman and the Rise of Raunch Culture
by Ariel Levy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrr!, 6 Jan. 2007
I want to send a letter of thanks to Ms Levy for finally giving some academic weight to a subject I have long ranted about. Now I can tell people to go read this when I get tired of trying to explain why nine year old girls in playboy t-shirts freaks me out.

It is such a shame that girls of my generation and younger (I'm 23) are being taught that sexy comes in a one-size-fits-all (blonde hair, big tits, short skirts, willingness to bend over or make out with your girl friend for attention). The media has well and truly hit on the lowest common denominator here and is running with it.

Several of my male friends have flipped through this and agree that blow up doll girls are not sexy if you've got half a brain and neither, might I add, are the sorts of guy who go for them.

I think there is a bit too much focus on lesbian culture in the book, though I understand how it adds to Levy's argument.

The most important statement for me was the idea that as long as women believe they need to 'have balls' and 'be like men' to succeed in our culture, then being a woman is still not seen as good enough. Too true and also completely wrong...

The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just Two Weeks to a Total Transformation (book and Region 2 DVD)
The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just Two Weeks to a Total Transformation (book and Region 2 DVD)
by Kirsch
Edition: Hardcover

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh good god., 18 Oct. 2006
I'm going to start with the bad and leave you with the good :)

1) If you don't already exercise regularly and to a fairly high intensity (capable of 20 press ups and a 45 min run, for example) then don't even think about it. I am capable of both those things and I still struggled to keep it up.

2) The diet is, as another reviewer pointed out, completely crazy and any nutritionist or doctor will tell you that if you're doing this much exercise you need carbohydrates for fuel. Whatever anyone tries to tell you, if you stop craving carbs its only because you're too bloody tired to care.

3) It's not cheap. You'll need a fit ball, a medicine ball, weights, clothing for sweating in (cotton stuff won't cut it at this intensity), lots of weird seasonings and meat, plus protein shakes, which are not cheap at all.

4) It's time consuming- 2hrs a day of exercise, plus all the meal preparation. You really need to find a time when you have no other responsibilties unless you want to completely stress yourself out and be v grumpy for a fortnight.

Ok, now for the good points:

1) You will see results and fast, even if you don't follow the crazy diet to the letter (still take the protein shakes, your muscles will need it)

2) Its so tough the sense of achievement is enormous and your workouts from then on will seem easy.

3) The book is very informative and the day to day layout of workouts and recipes really makes it easy to follow. The diary section is nice for charting the changes you see and feel.

4) The dvd ensures you work at the appropriate pace (plus its funny to watch david's helpers attempting to smile through the pain to convince you its not really painful)

All in all it really helped me step up my training, but it is better used by fit people to shave off those last few pounds, or for a special event, than by people starting from scratch/overweight. Try his more long term books if that's where you are, even David recommends this in the introduction.

Also, for a much more pleasureable experience try combining David's exercise regime with a calorie controlled, but carb and dairy friendly diet. There's far to much evidence of the danger of atkins style diets, not least when you're exercising this much, for it to be worthwhile.

If you're about to embark on your 2 week transformation, good luck!
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