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"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

-Arundhati Roy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NPR Interview with Ariel Levy (3 part video)

Ariel Levy provides an excellent discussion of sexuality as it is commodified in our culture and how women contribute to this. I'm very excited about finding Ariel Levy. I really feel her viewpoint.

Ariel Levy cleverly leads us to explore the role models women aspire to emulate. We are not pursuing the confident, powerful, free ideal the women's liberation movement would have dreamed for its daughters.

Instead our icons are porn stars and strippers and prostitutes. Paris Hilton and Jenna Jameson flaunt their successes in the pornography industry, and in doing so seem to earn our adulation.

The reality that we model ourselves on images whose 'individuality is erased' is harsh, yet Levy's work is imbued with hope that women can celebrate their uniqueness instead of their 'hotness', explore their sexuality as delight rather than consume sex as currency, and succeed professionally because of their personalities, not because of their brilliant bodies.

--Megan Jones Ady

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