Living Dolls has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger, and co-opting th. 13 May In her new book Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, Natasha Walter partly delivers on these asks. In this new text, Walter revisits the arguments. 26 May I once believed that we only had to put in place the conditions for equality for the remnants of old-fashioned sexism in our culture to wither away.
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Paperbackpages. Often younger women can feel quite angry about the sexism and misogyny that surrounds them in popular culture but haven’t been given access to the ideas of feminism in order to be able to articulate them.
Living Dolls: the Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter: review
The author uses the lapdancing clubs not as an example of a societal and moral occupational inequality in the sense that much of our thinking about them has remained antiquated within a Victorian social retreatism rhetoric but as an example of male dominance in rendering and consuming something which is accepted as choice and as part of a lifestyle by the very performers rteurn question.
This second part is slightly weaker than the first, which is more journalistic in approach. Thus, the new form of equal rights from the color pink, the salon ability of pole dance and the glorification of superficial film stars should exist.
When Livlng took part in an internet debate recently about whether Oxford University was sexist, James Kingston, president of the Oxford Union, said: The first section looks at modern British society and the prevelance of Disney pink, Bratz dolls, glamour modelling and lapdancing. She also sees the world a lot darker than it actually is. The second section explores the categoristaion of gender – through colour co-ordination and such, and while amazing, finds itself falling into the trap of becoming bogged in the reporting of studies and numbers.
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I found the arguments to be strong and straight to seexism point I’m studying a lot of gender issues in my Media and English classes this year, and wanted to read a something that would be beneficial for my coursework in both subjects. It is fairly straightforward, simple and a little dated nowadays for a nuanced feminist, but it is worth reading for any new and young aspiring feminists.
Walters does an excellent job of debunking pseudo-scientific myths but once again, the space isn’t really there for her to talk at length.
In particular I was horrified reading about doctors who market plastic surgery at women so livint they can have their vaginas more closely resemble those of porn stars: Why is it her contention that if we gave rights to woman in this field it would be legitimating violence when the current situation erturn by gangs and crime syndicates can do just that without any state interference.
The First section blew me away it its balanced interrogation of hypersexualised culture, where Walter managed to walk the VERY fine line of presenting the culture as is without coming out preaching for either side – though it does seem that she is not in loving of the lads mags culture in particular, or celebrities such as Jordan who make their cash being page 6 girls.
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View all 5 comments. It was a autobiographical assignment. The other woman we looked at was Margaret Thatcher, and oh boy, you can imagine how the levels of suffocating testosterone around me reached critical peak.
There are many, many fair studies which find outcomes totally different with the pseudo-science drivel that gets picked up on in the national and international press, but none of it is widely reported because it tells us nothing revolutionary — that women are not a species of fate and have the same capabilities as men, just not the same starting point. Check this video out to get a much greater understanding of what constitutes objectification: So perhaps that is why we put up with such appalling under-representation of women in public life.
The second part of the book looking at biological determinism is much better and does a fairly good job at debunking bad science and in particular bad science reporting in the media, coming to surprisingly balanced conclusions. Therefore, Walter, once again fails to look at the holistic picture of psychological research.
You could not be signed in. That men’s certain behaviour is not worth getting upset and worried about, even when they are absolutely worth getting upset and worried about? A must read for feminists and anyone interested in pop culture or gender politics. The tone of Living Dolls is judgemental and moralistic throughout. When it is suggested that cheap and easy-going morals are a guarantee of success and prestige, it requires considerable willpower and the somewhat rare happiness of a right circle of friends to resist the temptation of cheap splendor.
More useful is Walter’s relentless attack in the second half of the book on biological determinism — the pseudo- and selective science of biological differences between men and women including taste, social relations, caring, leadership, brain size, maths abilities, and so many other things that are held to be the product genetic development and psychological evolution apparently, according to some psychologists, men prefer blue because in prehistoric times we hunted under wide open skies — a published piece in a peer reviewed journal Mar 12, Retun rated it it was ok Shelves: Feminists shouldn’t worry so much about sexual objectification, Walter said; young women didn’t want to be told what to wear and who to sleep with.
What would he think if she wanted to be the next Jodie Marsh, I asked, and he was dollls. First of all, there is very much slut-shaming. But, as Walter convincingly argues, how free are the choices we make when our entire culture is predicated on women’s wor I’m probably fairly well-read in women’s studies texts, but I enjoyed Walter’s style and thought she had a fresh and engagingly honest approach to her topic.
Deal with male violence, male entitlement, sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, common death by a male partner’s hand, and a whole list of other issues and reasons that misogyny has destroyed humanity as a species?
May 10, JenniferRuth rated it liked it Shelves: A must-read for everyone, specially those individuals who think that feminism is no longer necessary, as gender inequality is finally over which, of course, isn’t.
But this was possibly because the second section dealt with territory that I am much more familiar with, that is, the resurgence of biological essentialism. As if men would allow women that much freedom to express themselves. The idea that women are innately caring and men are retjrn to only be interested in grunting and fiddling with objects is not only based on shaky scientific grounds, but it also hugely insulting to men.
Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism
In a lot of ways things have been going backwards in the last few years. The fact that “boys will be boys” was said to me back at university – where collage campuses the world over are horrifyingly, disgracefully notorious for their lad culture fraternities and their rape problems not being dealt with to the point of a near epidemic, considering what isn’t reportednot just in the US – really says it all.
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