Gender Stereotypes In Female Chaauvinist Pigs By Ariel Levy

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In “Female Chauvinist Pigs,” the author Ariel Levy writes on her point of view as to how she feels about women who abide by raunch culture. Levy believes women have to identify with several different gender stereotypes in order to participate in raunch culture. Gender stereotypes refer to simplistic generalizations of gender attributes and roles of individuals or groups. They may also be positive or negative but hardly disclose accurate information of others and reflect judgement. In addition, she categorizes the two different types of women which she considers participate in raunch culture, as one being the female chauvinist pig and the other being the “girly-girl” in order to support her arguments. In the passage, Levy’s concept of raunch …show more content…
Levy writes, “participating in it is a way both to flaunt your coolness and to mark yourself as different, tougher, looser, funnier - a new sort of loophole woman who is ‘not like the other women,’ who is instead ‘like a man.’ Or, more precisely, like a Female Chauvinist Pig” (269). When interviewing these Female Chauvinist Pigs she finds that they do not want to be like other women; in fact, they shun these so put “girly-girls” for their actions but at the same time they approve of men’s appreciation for them in order to really be like men. The Female Chauvinist Pigs try to resist general “girly-girl” stereotypes because they disapprove of women who are overly focused on their appearance. For instance, women who always have to keep their nails manicured or good shape. Levy quotes Anyssa one of the Female Chauvinist Pigs she interviewed, “Girly-girls are people who ‘starve themselves and paint their nails every fucking second’” (271). The Female Chauvinist Pigs like to uphold an image of their aggression and wit but at the same time they might have this sexy energy beneath it all too. Therefore, they …show more content…
Hence, they continue to give men the power over women as a whole. Levy suggests, “Even if you are a woman who achieves the ultimate and becomes like a man, you still will always be like a woman. And as long as womanhood is thought of as something to escape from, something less than manhood, you will be thought less of, too” (276). Nevertheless, Levy does not believe it is possible for women to participate in raunch culture without reinforcing stereotypes because the stereotypes that she expresses are what she believes has worked best on men as a whole historically. Thus, the stereotypes that she supports in her essay, are the most effective in gaining success in a male-dominated society. All in all, women should not be judged on their actions, as it is their choice to behave as they wish. Nevertheless, it is ok to have people like Levy who disagree with behaviors taken upon by others, if and only if, they continue to treat them as an equal. Raunch culture focuses not only on sex appeal but its control of the male observer. Be that it may, if a woman finds pleasure in holding such power over men with their sex appeal, then it should be their decision as to whether use it towards their benefit or not. Besides, it seems as if sex appeal towards men is pretty much a

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