Female Chauvinist Pigs

Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Paperback, 256 pages

English language

Published Oct. 3, 2006 by Free Press.


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Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig—the new brand of “empowered woman” who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as if it were a sport, and embraces “raunch culture” wherever she finds it. If male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other women—and of themselves. They think they’re being brave, they think they’re being funny, but in Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy asks if the joke is on them.

In her quest to uncover why this is happening, Levy interviews college women who flash for the cameras on spring break and teens raised on Paris Hilton and breast implants. She examines a culture in which every music video seems to feature a stripper on a pole, the memoirs of porn stars are …

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  • Feminism
  • Sex Relations
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Popular Culture - General
  • Women's Studies - General
  • Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Anti-feminism
  • Sexism