Book List: Female Chauvinist Pigs

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,


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We decided long ago that the Male Chauvinist Pig was an unenlightened rube, but the Female Chauvinist Pig (FCP) has risen to a new kind of exalted status. She is post-feminist. She is funny. She gets it. She doesn’t mind cartoonish stereotypes of female sexuality, and she doesn’t mind a cartoonishly macho response to them. The FCP asks: Why throw your boyfriend’s Playboy in a freedom trash can when you could be partying at the Mansion? Why worry about disgusting and degrading when you could be giving — or getting — a lap dance yourself? Why try and beat them when you can join them?
— excerpt from Chapter Three of Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy, a staff writer at The New Yorker, makes the case that "the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come; it only proves how far they have left to go". 

It is a fascinating, hilarious, and provocative read that will — without a doubt — have you looking at yourselves, and the world around you, a lot differently. 

Now, I know what you are thinking — "this is crazy feminist literature that I will NOT be going near".

BUT I encourage you to give it a shot. It is intelligent, well-written and there is no 'men-hating' in sight. In fact the book talks more about how WOMEN treat other women than how men do. 

Let me know what you think! Happy reading!