by Ariel Levy - £9.99 Simon and Schuster (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781416526384 | ISBN 10: 1416526382
If the male chauvinist pigs of past years thought of women as vacuous sex objects, then the female chauvinist pigs of today are going one step better - embracing raunch culture all by themselves. This is a world in which young women attend lap-dancing clubs - as patrons - simulate sex on shows like Girls Gone Wild and adopt the Playboy bunny logo as a symbol of liberation. They see these post-feminist antics as a short-cut to cool.
Ariel Levy writes that this is far from progress. Her timely polemic explores the myth of this new brand of empowerment and refuses a culture-wide obligation for young woment to look and act like porn stars. Her witty and intelligent book makes the case that the rise of raunch culture does not represent how far women have come - it proves only how far they have left to go.
"Impassioned and entertaining... you really must read."
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