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Levy cleverly leads us to explore the role models women aspire to emulate. We are not pursuing the confident, self-determined, powerful, free ideal the womens liberation movement would have dreamed for its daughters. Instead, our icons are porn stars and strippers and prostitutes. Paris Hilton and Jenna Jameson flaunt their successes in the pornography industry, and in doing so seem to earn our adulation.
Levy relates our embracing of this raunchy culture to unresolved tensions thirty years ago between the sexual revolution and the womens liberation movement, and amongst feminists; joy at discovering the delights of our clitoris conflicting with disgust at pornographys objectification of women. She creates a convincing argument by analyzing a diverse spectrum of material; presents a fascinating palette of interviews with revolutionary womens libbers, nouvelle raunchy feminists, and everyday women and men. Detailed facts and recurring names are sometimes cumbersome, albeit worth ploughing through for the a-ha moments.
The reality that we model ourselves on images whose "individuality is erased" is harsh, yet Levys work is imbued with hope hope that women can celebrate their uniqueness instead of their hotness, explore their sexuality as delight rather than consume sex as currency, and succeed professionally because of their brilliant minds and personalities, not because of their brilliant bodies.--Megan Jones Ady
Probably the most important book I read all decade. Explains soon much.Published 4 days ago by JeannieChiliBeanie
Purchased this book for one of my college courses and recently decided to reread it. The book talks about a subset of women, FCP, that objectify other women in order to be like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hikerhack
I've seen this book before and passed it up... and now that I've read it, I'm sorry I did! It's insightful and she perfectly captures the social paradoxes we American women find... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annie
As someone new to learning about feminism I enjoyed the way ideas are laid out and explained. helps me to understand why something is sexist even if presented as liberating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pablo Figueroa
A very interesting take on where feminism has come and how it got to be what it is. The author makes several very good points when comparing how females act in relation to men and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cranny
No wonder we tend to slut-shame!
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I wanted to like this book. I dislike raunch culture, and the privileged celebrities who play into it and pretend they're not causing any harm. Read morePublished 11 months ago by N. Tung