Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Female Chauvinist Pigs (Book #24)

OK, I don't generally finish two books in a day. But I left work early this afternoon for a doctor's appointment--I have a sinus infection--so I came home feeling sick enough to need to take it easy, but not too sick to read. And they're both fairly short books.

So. This evening I read Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (Ariel Levy, 2005). The author appeared on the Colbert Report a few months ago, and her book sounded interesting enough to be worth picking up. And I found it disturbing and thought-provoking. It's basically about how we as a culture have turned a commodified form of sex into the ideal, and how messed up that is. As she states at the very end of the book:

Our national love of porn and pole dancing is not the byproduct of a free and easy society with an earthy acceptance of sex. It is a desperate stab at free-wheeling eroticisim in a time and place characterized by intense anxiety. What are we afraid of? Everything...which includes sexual freedom and real female power.

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