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According to author Ariel Levy, those directly responsible for raunch culture are the female chauvinists - women who not only act like men, but the sort of men that well-bred ladies once despised. Levy's premise is that while women may believe they have seized their own sexuality and are now parodying the same behaviour via which they once were exploited, they, in reality, are fooling themselves and unconsciously bullying other women into the same trap.
Levy says that the world of women - especially in the last five years or so - has been "a period of explosive sexual exhibitionism, opportunism and role redefinition." And in case this assertion is not immediately obvious to every modern woman, the author stresses that "these were the years of Sex and the City, Brazilian bikini waxes, a burlesque revival, thongs - the years when women learned how to score, or at least the years when popular culture spotlighted that behaviour as empowering and cool."
In a nutshell, Levy argues that women who enjoy pole dancing for exercise, going out drinking, laughing at dirty jokes, and mirror the lives of the Sex and the City quartet - and their ethos of getting the best and the most, both sexually and materially - are simultaneously their own victims and their own worst enemies.
The author also dismisses those women who tend to get aggressive or intellectual while defending their absolute right to behave in the aforementioned manner. However, in the words of one of the many publicity blurbs about this book, those who might argue for their rights to behave as they please are "the new oinking women of the corporate and entertainment worlds who eagerly defend their efforts to be 'one of the guys."' And those women who have been able to take advantage of economic, cultural, sexual and behavioural liberty are white, middle-class, First World urban dwellers.
The book concludes that many women today take the ideas of sexual liberation and empowerment many steps too far. Such women have adopted sexually provocative, promiscuous behaviour - "being a lusty, busty exhibitionist" - as the new norm. This, however, is not the same as being liberated. The fact is that any woman can be sexually liberated and empowered without resorting to stripping, or other such behaviour.
Put simply, a woman should not focus her time and energy on mimicking the lives of sitcom characters who shop for sex and exchange tips and tricks on how to achieve "ultimate sexual pleasure." This is not a means to sexual liberation.
Rather, women should allow themselves the freedom to figure out for themselves what they truly want from sex, because the Sex and the City types being portrayed in pop-culture are merely "erotic dollies from the land of make believe" who "have no ideas, no feelings, no political beliefs, no relationships, no past, no future and no humanity."
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