Female Chauvinist Pigs : Women And The Rise Of Raunch Culture

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Christine Jauregui Professor Harris English 107 June 05, 2015 Rough Draft#1: Gender Stereotypes In the book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture ch.6 "shopping for sex" by Ariel Levy, critiques the highly sexualized American culture in which women are objectified, objectify one another, and are encouraged to objectify themselves. Levy refers to this as "raunch culture". There is no denying that raunch culture is everywhere today. Music videos, advertisements and even children products are more often targeted as ‘sexy’ because, let’s face it, sex sells. Ariel Levy explores and discusses how this culture has risen and how the second-wave feminist struggle has appropriated into the war cry that sex and stripping now means liberalisation for women. Levy sets out to ascertain why raunch culture is so appealing to women, particularly young, educated women and more concerning, young teenage girls, some as young as twelve, who strive to embody the raunch culture by wearing make-up and snapping g-strings at boys. Levy discovers that raunch and sexual appeal have become separated from the act of sex itself. Levy also details the history and battles of the second-wave feminist movement and key activists. Women have finally broken through the barriers and have presumably gained gender equality. The problem is, as Levy suggests, that women are still not free to act as ‘women’ or as themselves but they are now pressured to act as ‘men’ so they will be

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