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Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005)

von Ariel Levy

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A contributing editor at New York magazine examines how segments of the nation's female population are promoting chauvinism by behaving in sexually compromising ways, in an account that evaluates how women may be contributing to a misogynistic stereotype cooked up long ago.
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adult nonfiction; sociology. This was a book club pick and I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it turned out to be interesting and thought-provoking. Levy expresses perfectly what we've all noticed (whether consciously or not) about 'raunch' culture and the seeming idolization of sluts, and her analysis is fairly thorough and most importantly, digestible. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
It's been so long since I read this that I can't really remember the details.
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  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
A cultural critique which is insightful and - I can't help saying it - so right! One of those books I want to order 10 copies of and pass to friends and family and ask, "What do you think about THIS?" Reading this text is influencing how I read other popular culture. In the New York Times, for example, last Sunday, the headline was "Bottoms Up!" - and the caption, under 3 leering young men - was something like "Seeds of democracy seen in strip clubs in Iraq." We fail to see the objectification of women as oppression. Somehow we mistakenly think that pornography is a sign of freedom instead of a tightening of patriarchy. Ariel Levy is both eloquent and convincing. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
The introduction was strong and the conclusion was strong, but everything in between was hard to read. One of the biggest things I think this book was lacking was relatability. Most of the women used as examples were difficult to relate to, and a lot of this wasn't because they were abstract beings Levy had to pull from the woodwork, it was how they were described. I do feel like it was as unbiased as possible when clearly choosing a side of the argument from the gate, and possibly in doing so Levy distanced herself so much from the individuals she wrote about that they became more robotic.

In terms of recommending this book, I don't think it is awful despite my rating. I definitely learned some things from the book that I will likely not forget. However, I do believe there are much better books about feminism and "what we have decided the sex industry is," than the one I just completed. ( )
  startwithgivens | Mar 21, 2018 |
There are things I liked about this book and things I did not like.

Overall, it was a quick and easy read. The reason for this is that the majority of the text is comprised of cultural/media examples and ancecdotes/interviews of female chauvinist pigs. While these were interesting, they showed limited viewpoints as Levy only included stories that supported her claim. Also, ironically Levy felt the need to describe the interviewees' looks as an introduction to their answers, usually including descriptors of attractiveness. This did not seem to mesh with Levy's overall point and often made her seem judgemental in the overt slut-shaming language that often comes up in the book.

Another drawback to this book was Levy's misunderstood and often offensive views of trans and queer culture. At one point she states, "The confusing thing, of course, is why somebody would need serious surgery and testosterone to modify their gender if gender is supposed to be so fluid in the first place" (127). Here Levy seems to have misunderstood the distinction between sex and gender, but such remarks undermine the issues people in the trans community face. Levy appears dismissive of such issues.

While I agreed with Levy's overall message that women should focus more on their own sexuality and sexual pleasure rather than their sexual performance for men, nowhere in the text is an example of healthy female sexuality provided. By giving a one-sided account of FCP, Levy's own goal seems unattainable as at no point is a good role model given.

This sounds like a pretty negative review, but there really were some very good points in the book. The analysis was strong and often very interesting such as her critique of Sex and the City. I think this is an important book, especially for people just getting into gender studies. The message was a very important one that should be taken seriously. I also enjoyed the mix of media and history throughout the text. Overall, this was a good read. ( )
  CareBear36 | May 3, 2015 |
As a consciousness-raising call to arms, "Female Chauvinist Pigs" is clearly to the good.
 
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