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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Levy's book is easy to read - not a dense scholarly study, but very insightful and readable.
The female chauvinist culture the author describes is a proof of the dissociation women still have with their own pleasure and sexual feeling.
I especially agree with her that saying that things like stripping is "empowering" is just a bunch of hokum.
Before reading this book, I wasn’t completely aware of what role some women played in the objectification of women. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcus Thomas
Makes you think about how feminism is changing and how people are using the term to mean various ideologies... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MashPit
Wow.....what a great book!!! Should be required reading.....for ALL GENDERS... stop Raunch Culture now!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert E Lee
I'm in graduate school, and found Levy's argument (and evidence) to be interesting (and convincing). Read morePublished 2 months ago by ArtemisDeFeisty
Must read for all women. If you don't agree with everything it still tells you interesting history about the progress and types of feminism and its transformation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Courtney Garcia
it was a book for a college coarse. Easy read. Was easily relatable. she had good examples and key pointsPublished 3 months ago by jenny teeters
I like that this topic has been covered in this book. Feminism has been put on the back burner in the last decade, and even if this book is almost a decade old, the information... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kaye Whalen
It's an awesome read. I want to give five stars because Levy is a genius.but there is no page numbers in the kindle edition which make it's hard to cite if you are reading it for a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ima.unicorn
I loved this book, it has so many good points. its is fascinating sociologically, psychologically, and politically. it is a great book for both woman and men. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hilary M.