Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Girls Aloud: Female Chauvinist Pigs?

Lady Sanjana and Lady Callianne

Lady Nattasha and Jonny

Subs listening in

At today's Girls Aloud event we read excerpts from Ariel Levy's 2005 book, Female Chauvinists Pigs: Women And The Rise Of Raunch Culture. Reviewer Kristine Huntley describes the book here:

"With the rise of such magazines as Maxim and FHM and the popular video series Girls Gone Wild, raunch culture has never been more mainstream. The reason, Levy posits, is because women are getting in on the act and participating in their own exploitation. Levy takes a hard look at this new pop-culture phenomenon to see how smart, intelligent women buy into sexual stereotypes. She tags along for a night of Girls Gone Wild filming during which college girls strip down, fool around with each other, and regret it all in the morning. Talented female athletes, actresses, and musicians feel the need to strip down to almost nothing and pose provocatively for men's magazines. Levy notes how the anti-woman attitude has even invaded lesbian culture as sexually adventurous lesbians refer to themselves as 'bois' and resist the attempts of "femmes" to get them to settle down. Even the very traits associated with women are considered inferior as many women attempt to "just be one of the guys." A piercing look at how women are sabotaging their own attempts to be seen as equals by going about the quest the wrong way, Levy's engrossing book should be required reading for young women."

Check out the book here: ariellevy.net

A big thank you to everyone who came out for the event. It was an interesting hour.

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