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Feminism Book Club - Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy - Weds 5 May 2010 @ 9pm

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Molesworth · 20/04/2010 12:39

Mumsnet Feminism Book Club

Next time (Wednesday 5th May at 9pm) we're discussing Ariel Levy's "Female Chauvinist Pigs: women and the rise of raunch culture". Everyone welcome!

Amazon link

Extract from the introduction on Ariel Levy's website

Synopsis

Today's young women seem to be outdoing the male chauvinist pigs of yesteryear, applauding the 'pornification' of other women, and themselves. This is a world where simulating sex for baying crowds of men on shows like Girls Gone Wild and going to lapdancing clubs - as patrons - is seen as a short cut to cool. Ariel Levy says the joke's on the women if they think this is progress. She tears apart the myth of this new brand of 'empowered woman' and refuses a culture-wide obligation for women to act and look like porn stars. This terrifically witty and wickedly intelligent book makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come - it proves only how far women have left to go.

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Molesworth · 20/04/2010 20:40

Bump

Plenty of time to get hold of this one - everyone welcome!

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Besom · 20/04/2010 20:59

I have, by chance, ordered this from Amazon a couple of days ago because I was inspired by all the recent feminist threads, and thought I'd better read up a bit more.

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Molesworth · 20/04/2010 21:03

Excellent, will you be able to make on 5 May besom?

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Besom · 20/04/2010 21:11

Yes I think so. I'll write it on my calendar.

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foreverastudent · 20/04/2010 23:06

I read it a couple of months ago. Will do a quick refresh before 5th.

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SethStarkaddersMum · 21/04/2010 07:52

me too - have read, will refresh.
will put on calendar.

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TwentiethCenturyHeffa · 21/04/2010 07:56

I ordered this on Monday by chance after a friend recommended it to me, looking forward to reading it.

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StewieGriffinsMom · 25/04/2010 20:09

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Molesworth · 01/05/2010 13:03

There's still time to grab a copy of this and join the discussion on Wednesday night!

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sethstarkaddersmum · 05/05/2010 08:57

looking forward to this tonight - finished it yesterday!

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Molesworth · 05/05/2010 10:57

Reminder for this evening

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RosaMolesworthemburg · 05/05/2010 18:47

Another remindery bump

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StewieGriffinsMom · 05/05/2010 20:45

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sethstarkaddersmum · 05/05/2010 21:01

hello everyone.

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sethstarkaddersmum · 05/05/2010 21:03

it was interesting re-reading this having first read it when it came out and not been that taken by it - it felt much more urgent and rang more true to me now than it did in 2005.
I wonder if that's because the UK now is where America was 5 years ago?

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RosaMolesworthemburg · 05/05/2010 21:05

Helloo

I've read it before as well and I thought it was good, but this time around I thought it was BRILLIANT

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StewieGriffinsMom · 05/05/2010 21:05

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RosaMolesworthemburg · 05/05/2010 21:06

Do you really think it's as bad as that in the UK now though SSM?

The stuff about 12 year olds twanging their thongs etc

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sethstarkaddersmum · 05/05/2010 21:08

are you reading it differently now because you're a mother, or did you already have kids when you first read it? (My eldest was born in 2005 - I remember reading it on my first maternity leave.)

the significance of reading it as a mother links to SGM's point that men are equally damaged, too - as mothers of sons we can't help seeing our sons in the place of the young men in the book/who read Zoo.

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sethstarkaddersmum · 05/05/2010 21:10

the first time I read it I didn't know of anything here to parallel that thing where the young women on spring break get their kit off for the cable tv people; now we have that 'Babes on the bed' thing Natasha Walter describes where girls in an Essex nightclub compete to try to win a lads' mag photoshoot.

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