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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 35 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AWC646K
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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture Audiobook – Unabridged
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I am very grateful to Levy for explaining so well in this excellent book what a tragic mistake we're all making today - why us women are so profoundly wrong in thinking that we are empowered and liberated when, for example, we now imitate strippers and/or porn stars in dress and behaviour; when we subject ourselves to mutilation (including genital) under the guise of cosmetic surgery; when we forego education, hard work and generally being excellent people, and choose instead to focus on our (increasingly standardized) looks ... and imagine we're doing it for our own gratification.
'Female Chauvinist Pigs' tells us how and why this all started, how our whole culture and way of life have become so pornified, why everything in our society today has to be ''sexy'' in order to be noteworthy. For women, but resolutely not for men, being ''sexy'' is the one and only factor by which our worth as human beings is measured; and sadly, women willingly participate in this tragic situation. Levy successfully takes apart the contemporary prevailing argument, the gigantic misconception we all now seem to have: that striving for sexiness at all cost is somehow feminist, liberating, and altogether some kind of wonderful and empowering thing for women everywhere. It is not.
To those who believe it is, I warmly recommend this book. Likewise, if you are trying to make up your mind, you will find here a lot of intelligent arguments to help. A brilliant but easy read, which made me re-think a whole lot of my own assumptions.
Levy, like a lot of women, seems perplexed by the way that intelligent straight women are going to pole dancing clubs for kicks and that women who essentially feign desire for a living are used as a symbol of female sexual liberation.
The book primarily explores American culture, but don't be put off by this, many of the points she makes are relevant to all women. There are chapters about 'Sex in the City', CAKE parties, the lesbian phenomenon 'bois' (the 'bois' interviewed seem particualrly scathing about other women), Playboy and teaching abstinence to American school kids. There is also a handy and very readable chapter about the feminist movement in New York over the past 40 years.
Levy's arguments always seem balanced and reasonable (although she gets her point across), so don't expect a 200 page feminist rant.
The book does contain a high sexual content so might be one to avoid if you are easily offended.
Provocative, challenging, accessible. I'm so gald that someone has had the courage to write this book. Highly recommended.
Even university and college educated women see pole dancing as liberating but the author recounts a conversation with a young woman who visits lap dancing clubs because she thinks the bored expressions on the performers' faces are hilarious. It seems that women who do things like visiting these formerly men-only clubs are trying to prove a point that nowhere is closed to them anymore. While the book is describing American culture similar situations are arising in the UK as described in Natasha Walter's 'Living Dolls' and Kat Banyard's 'The Equality Illusion'.
Levy comments on the clothes marketed to young girls which highlight their sexuality and asks if this is really what we want young girls to aspire to. She asks if looking like an escapee from an adult film set is really what feminism was aiming for. The majority of the women she speaks to say they think behaving like a slut is fun because it's all a big joke but to the reader there is an air of desperation in their so-called enjoyment.
Their relationships with men seem to lack depth and emotion and such events as `rainbow parties' (don't ask) show that the girls' behaviour is all about putting on a show or a demonstration rather than relating to men as people. This is what the raunch culture is all about - putting on a show of being a slut - and probably backing it up with sluttish behaviour. The author points out it is not necessary for teenage girls to behave like this as teenage boys would be interested in them however they dressed and behaved.
The author's anger at the way girls and women are selling themselves short by embracing the raunch culture comes through loud and clear and will resonate with anyone who has wondered at, or been shocked by, the way girls and young women dress and behave today. This is a well written and thought provoking book which questions popular culture today. It was published in 2006 and the situation has become even more extreme in the four years since then as evidenced in Natasha Walter's recently published book referred to above. All women, and men as well, need to read this and ask themselves whether this is really what anyone wanted when they campaigned for equality of opportunity for both men and women.
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