Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Ariel Levy
- Publish Date: 2006-10-03
A classic work on gender culture exploring how the womenâs movement has evolved to Girls Gone Wild in a new, self-imposed chauvinism. In the tradition of Susan Faludiâs Backlash and Naomi Wolfâs The Beauty Myth, New York Magazine writer Ariel Levy studies the effects of modern feminism on women today.
Meet the Female Chauvinist Pigâthe new brand of âempowered womanâ who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as if it were a sport, and embraces âraunch cultureâ wherever she finds it. If male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other womenâand of themselves. They think theyâre being brave, they think theyâre being funny, but in Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy asks if the joke is on them.
In her quest to uncover why this is happening, Levy interviews college women who flash for the cameras on spring break and teens raised on Paris Hilton and breast implants. She examines a culture in which every music video seems to feature a stripper on a pole, the memoirs of porn stars are climbing the bestseller lists, Olympic athletes parade their Brazilian bikini waxes in the pages of Playboy, and thongs are marketed to prepubescent girls. Levy meets the high-powered women who create raunch cultureâthe new oinking women warriors of the corporate and entertainment worlds who eagerly defend their efforts to be âone of the guys.â And she traces the history of this trend back to conflicts between the womenâs movement and the sexual revolution long left unresolved.
Levy pulls apart the myth of the Female Chauvinist Pig and argues that what has come to pass for liberating rebellion is actually a kind of limiting conformity. Irresistibly witty and wickedly intelligent, Female Chauvinist Pigs makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come, it only proves how far they have left to go.