Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture - Ariel Levy It used to be that strippers and the Playboy Bunny were a "man's thing", but now many women are wearing the Playboy bunny proudly or going to strip clubs. And all this is done in the name of empowering women. But is it empowering - or is it the same old patriarchy in different clothing?

A lot of intro to feminist books I've read have referenced this book, so I had to check it out. And even though I sorta knew what to expect, I was stunned and felt I learned a lot.

Levy has a great, professional, engaging tone that at times drips with anger and sarcasm. It seems a lot of the feminist books I have been reading lately have a very informal tone, so I appreciated Levy's approach. I also liked how she showed her disgust and anger while never coming across as unprofessional and thorough.

As for the book's actual contents: WOW! I remember the popularity of the Playboy brand back in the early noughties and was aware, but had never seen, Sex and the city, but apparently, the culture was way more wild than I realized. Women idolizing porn stars? The desire to be sexually appealing, but not for actual female sexual desire? And then there is how the 18 and under set adopted this phenomenon. How absolutely vile and disgusting to tell these poor girls that they are only as good as their bodies and how sexy (and skimpy!) their clothes are! At a time when they need to figure themselves out - sexually, mentally, and holistically.

Some random comments: Levy, like it seems every feminist author is required to do, includes a bit on labiaplasty, aka "designer vaginas", a horrible procedure that women are doing to make their woo-woos look like porn stars. Disgusting...but does every feminist author have to include a section on this? Is it THAT prevalent of a trend? Also, if you read this book and were curious more about the abstinence movement, check out Valenti's [b:The Purity Myth|4914761|The Purity Myth How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women|Jessica Valenti|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1239579553s/4914761.jpg|4980306].

This book was definitely insightful and educating, just like how I like my non-fiction. After reading this book, it's hard to think of the raunch culture and women embracing it as anything but anti-feminist. Raunch culture specifically caters to men and the male gaze - the women in this movement very rarely say ANYTHING about being turned on by their girl-on-girl encounters, wearing sexy clothes, or acting like a stripper. And that is terribly wrong; women can't continue to be objects of men's desires. We are our own unique beings with our own desires and deserve to be respected for who we are, not for whether a man finds us sexy. A worthwhile read.