Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism

Living Dolls The Return of Sexism go inside Book I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger and co opting the language of choice and liberati

Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism go inside Book I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger, and co-opting the language of choice and liberation.” - Natasha Walter, Living DollsAfter the Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke VMA performance some time ago I read a comment by a friend that asked the question: “Why is it that the man is always fully clothed while the woman is always half-naked?” Great question and an example of the double standards that are so rife in our society. This book does a terrific job in addressing sexism in society; feminism was supposed to empower women but unfortunately a lot of women have a false sense of empowerment. Women still feel the need to conform to the image that society has prescribed for them, an image which is more and more defined by the sex industry. The book challenges how we think, especially about the sex industry becoming so mainstream. Walter dissects arguments and shows us how problematic the sex industry is. Very problematic, even for women not involved in it :“The highly sexualized culture around us is tolerated and even celebrated because it rests on the illusion of equality.” Walter's tone is not judgmental at all. Her candid interviews with various women working in the sex industry, as well as the very disturbing opinions several British teenagers have shared with her about sexuality help cement her argument that there is really a problem here. Women are not empowered at all, violence, rape and the pressure to be perfect are things women still have to deal with.Women still experience sexual bullying, even women in positions of power and women don't have income equality with men. The book also addresses myths about women such as the opinion held by many that women aren't good at math. Is it biologically determined or is it a result of socialization?My feelings after reading this book: disgust at the fact that we have let this hypersexualized culture become so prevalent, yet relative optimism due to the fact that there is a lot of dialogue and more awareness these days.This is a must-read for everyone.. Empowerment, liberation, choice Once the watchwords of feminism, these terms have now been co opted by a society that sells women an airbrushed, highly sexualised and increasingly narrow vision of femininity While the opportunities available to women may have expanded, the ambitions of many young girls are in reality limited by a culture that sees women s sexual allure aEmpowerment, liberation, choice Once the watchwords of feminism, these terms have now been co opted by a society that sells women an airbrushed, highly sexualised and increasingly narrow vision of femininity While the opportunities available to women may have expanded, the ambitions of many young girls are in reality limited by a culture that sees women s sexual allure as their only passport to success At the same time we are encouraged to believe that the inequality we observe all around us is born of innate biological differences rather than social factors Drawing on a wealth of research and personal interviews, Natasha Walter, author of the groundbreaking THE NEW FEMINISM and one of Britain s most incisive cultural commentators, gives us a straight talking, passionate and important book that makes us look afresh at women and girls, at sexism and femininity, today.. Popular Kindle Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism One of the depressing things about living in a smug post-feminist age is just how sexist the world around us is, and how blatant that has become with little or no observable resistance. Walter was, in her earlier form, part of that problem with her late 1990s work arguing that things were pretty good for women, and a bunch of the fundamentals had come right. And now she admits just how wrong that analysis was. The first half of this book doesn't tell us all that much that the half-aware observer of the modern world shouldn't be able to see down the high street: the myth of the ldeal woman as porn 'star' (or glamour model as the Brits say), all justified by 'choice'. That is, the Walter is exposing the argument we hear so often that sexism and misogynistic industries are OK if women 'choose' to work in them or pink dolls are OK if girls choose them (even if that is all they 'choose') – this is, of course, all part of neo-liberalism's fetishisation of 'choice', in the same way as education policy is not about having the best school, but having the choice of schools. Not of course that for many women work in those 'industries' is much of a choice. More disturbing is the way Walter reminds us that these doll-like women (glamour models or WAGS) become the celebrity world's image of ideal woman-hood. However, even the most casual observer should be able to see this.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.....). This section is great, all the more so because Walter adopts a naive observer voice meaning that she does not attack the determinist's science (for the most part) but she simply points out equally or more rigorous studies that they seem to ignore. So, the first half is good but didn't tell me much I didn't know, the second half is great, and a must read (alongside Ben Goldacre's Bad Science column in the Guardian) – I've not read the book yet.Lucid, accessible, and a pretty good piece of work at the scathing end of liberal feminism, but it is more than a little depressing to see the old arguments and issues coming back to haunt us. My major gripe is that the use of 'return' in the sub-title implies that at some stage sexism went away.
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  1. British feminist writer and human rights activist She is the author of Living Dolls The Return of Sexism 2010, Virago and The New Feminism 1998, Virago , and is the director of Women for Refugee Women.Her father was Nicolas Walter, an anarchist and secular humanist writer her grandfather was William Grey Walter, a neuroscientist After attending North London Collegiate School, she read English at St John s College, Cambridge, graduating with a double First, and then won a Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard.Her first job was at Vogue magazine, she then became Deputy Literary Editor of The Independent and then a columnist for The Guardian She went on to write for many publications and to appear regularly on BBC2 s Newsnight Review and Radio 4 s Front Row In 1999 she was a judge on the Booker Prize.Walter is the founder and director of the charity Women for Refugee Women which campaigns for the rights of women who seek asylum In 2008 Women for Refugee Women produced the play Motherland which Natasha Walter wrote based on the experiences of women and children in immigration detention It was directed by Juliet Stevenson and performed at the Young Vic in 2008 by Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter and others Women for Refugee Women subsequently worked in partnership with other organisations to campaign for the end to the detention of children for immigration purposes in the UK, a policy which the government announced it would end in 2010.She is the author of The New Feminism, which was an influential feminist book published by Virago in 1998 Her book Living Dolls, also published by Virago, looks at the resurgence of sexism in contemporary culture Natasha Walter says, 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 I am ready to admit that I was wrong Natasha Walter lives in London with her partner and their two children source

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  1. I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger, and co opting the language of choice and liberation Natasha Walter, Living DollsAfter the Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke VMA performance some time ago I read a comment by a friend that asked the question Why is it that the man is always fully clothed while the woman is always half naked Great question and an example of the double standards that are so rife in our society This book does a terrific job in addressing sexism i [...]


  2. One of the depressing things about living in a smug post feminist age is just how sexist the world around us is, and how blatant that has become with little or no observable resistance Walter was, in her earlier form, part of that problem with her late 1990s work arguing that things were pretty good for women, and a bunch of the fundamentals had come right And now she admits just how wrong that analysis was The first half of this book doesn t tell us all that much that the half aware observer of [...]


  3. Living Dolls is clearly written, well argued, and very depressing Its thesis could perhaps be summed up as capitalism is ruining feminism Interestingly, Walter herself does not specifically criticise capitalism as a system, or even the current UK manifestation thereof Traditional gender roles, those feminism had hoped to rid women of, are now being sold back to us with advertising slogans of liberation and empowerment Turning oneself into a sex object for male pleasure, for instance, is describe [...]


  4. I wish I had read this book when my daughter was younger So many women think that the the battle for equality has been won and this books shows that is far from the case and we are actually moving backwards.The first section looks at modern British society and the prevelance of Disney pink, Bratz dolls, glamour modelling and lapdancing It did not tell me anything I did not know but seeing everything put together created a scary picture Walter also makes the point that middle class educated women [...]


  5. I was looking forward to reading this book very much Especially after reading all the amazing comments and reviews I ve read, I thought this would be an enjoyable read But I am sad to say that it was exactly the opposite.There are a lot of points made in this book that are certainly true And to have these points underlined by statistics and studies was very useful Still there was a lot about this book I can t agree on First of all, there is very much slut shaming I totally see how the picture of [...]


  6. As a book, there are so many issues and flaws with the premise and analysis that it would take a book length thesis to deconstruct and properly reflect them all here However I will attempt to encapsulate the key problems for me as a sociologist and critical reader This is based from my notesThere seems to be a duality which contradicts itself within the entire scope of the analysis One is in the moral and angstful representation of girls liberated agency in showcasing exploring their sexuality a [...]


  7. Allein aus dem Grund, dass ich in den einen oder anderen Sachverhalten eine ansatzweise hnliche Meinung wie die Autorin teile, gebe ich mit zugedr ckten Augen zwei Sterne.Mich st rte nicht im geringsten ihre Motivation ber die lebendigen P ppchen und der allgegenw rtigen Zurschaustellung von sexuellen Attributen ein Buch zu verfassen nur stellt sich mir nach dem Auslesen die wichtige Frage, an wem die Worte berhaupt gerichtet sind Wenn sie die angesprochenen Frauen wachr tteln und auf einen ande [...]


  8. I have been reading this book for 6 months as it pertained to my research, and then read properly for interests sake The book is divided into two sections the first which examines hypersexualised culture and the objectification of women specifically by Lads Mags, and the second which explores the categorisation and stereopying of the two primary genders called the new determinism The First section blew me away it its balanced interrogation of hypersexualised culture, where Walter managed to walk [...]


  9. I respect the fact that Natasha Walter admits early on in the book that she made a mistake in thelate 90s when she said women had just about achieved equality and that choice was an enabling factor in this At the time I was not quite as optimistic as Natasha but certainly optimistic than I am now I don t have any children but I do have lots of nieces and after reading this book I am worried for them than ever The statements from teenagers and young women in this book are saddening and illumina [...]


  10. In the same vein as Ariel Levy s Female Chauvinist Pigs, Natasha Walter questions why, if sexism is dead, have lap dance clubs and glamour modelling experienced such a resurgence in the last ten years The resulting testament, Living Dolls is a solid, persuasive piece of journalism, although less revelatory than Pigs.Dolls is full of depressing anecdotes and sad truths about the current state of feminism It s not an easy read, though it is compelling Personally, it made me want to photocopy the c [...]


  11. 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 Walter s basic thesis is that far from sexism dying a death in western culture, it is actually gaining new ground, as the increasingly sexualisation of girls and women is masked by the rhetoric of choice and empowerment But, as Walter convincingly argues, how free are the choices we make when our entire culture is predicated on women s worth [...]


  12. This is a pretty good book for introducing someone contemporary UK feminism and exploring some of the sexist issues that are effecting women today However, if you are already a reader of feminist works you might find the book a tad on the shallow side I don t mean that the topics or the book itself was shallow, but rather it doesn t have the in depth analysis or radicalism that advanced feminist readers may prefer Walters admits in the first section of the book that she isn t going to deal with [...]


  13. De los mejores libros que he le do Este libro toca temas desde el sexismo hasta los estereotipos por los que estamos controlados, tanto hombres como mujeres Si tienen la oportunidad de leerlo h ganlo, no se van a arrepentir Yo lo compr porque quer a averiguar un poco m s sobre esta tercera ola del feminismo, y este libro me ha ayudado much simo Me gusta que la autora no da s lo su punto de vista, ella investiga y da muchos puntos de vista de un solo tema, y explica el por qu ella no apoya cierto [...]


  14. This is one of the most thought provoking and compelling books I have read in a long time, it made me realize new things about myself and how our current culture has affected me This is an earlier draft of a review which will appear in Bust Magazine s fall issue Living Dolls The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter Virago PressIn her first book, The New Feminism, British writer Natasha Walter posited that women had accomplished near equality on the personal front and that now women needed to focus [...]


  15. This is a depressing read Depressing when first published 2010 and depressing six years later here in 2016 What has happened to the ideals of equality that feminism argued for It seems to have been replaced with an ideal of womanhood as modelled on the dolls they play with Paris Hilton to Victoria Beckham, take the plastic look so far that they seem to have been created by Mattel this image of female sexuality has become than ever defined by the terms of the sex industry Look around you Walter [...]


  16. Living Dolls could easily be split apart into 2 different books While I was captivated by the second half of the book the first half was so hard to read, I had to force myself to go on As a 17 year old I don t feel like the hypersexual culture that Walter described is in any way as prevalent as she thinks In a way, it s worse, women are expected to have sex and at the same time be virgins, the smart not hot and hot not smart dichotomy still exists Walter noticed a small part of culture that she [...]


  17. Living Dolls deals with the ways capitalism and the sex industry have adopted feminist terminology, in order to make both appealing to girls and women who have been raised with the idea that they must empower themselves When it comes to the sex industry, it is important to realize that the internet has made porn easily accessible This in turn has made porn aesthetics mainstream, and has led to the success of photographers such as Terry Richardson or Tyler Shields These photographers employ porn [...]


  18. How much does our modern society objectify women, and to what extent have women themselves been duped in to joining in, in a bizarre ritual of compulsive self loathing Those seem to be the central questions behind this latest book from Natasha Walter She argues that feminism is ripe for a new third wave given the historical burdens that women still disproportionatly carry, and new all too modern equivalents that have been loaded on to their backs The chapters on the pressures of fashion, plastic [...]


  19. It s about modern sexism, and it s very interesting The bits that i m most interested in are where it talks about science, and so called biological determinism Whereby certain scientists most popularly Steven Pinker in The Blank Slate have argued, with padding from scientific studies, that boys and girls are genetically programmed into traditional gender roles, such as boys being less communicative and apt at spacial awareness, and girls being chatty and less able to deal with complex ideas l [...]


  20. The tone of Living Dolls is judgemental and moralistic throughout Walter looks at cultural products such as Nuts magazine and lap dancing clubs and comes to the conclusion that our society is hyper sexualised and women are devaluing themselves and, basically, turning into sluts In a particularly priggish chapter, the author gasps in horror at a young woman who has had 22 sexual partners and calls for a return to an age of flowering of intimacy and emotional engagement.The intentions are good and [...]


  21. During the past years I started to have mixed feelings about the exposure of female bodies I wanted to see if my uneasiness was shared by other people and to my relief I found that the return of sexism is being noticed and is currently under study Since there is plenty of literature on the subject, it was not easy to choose a book, but if you like me did not follow the developments of the feminist movement, I guess this one is a good start.The book is divided in two parts the first explores the [...]


  22. An excellent and disturbing reading, confirming many of my concerns about the threats to feminism by the acceptance of pornographic images and attitudes into mainstream culture and its acceptance as non exploitative by most feminists,the degradation of sexual relationships into market commodities, the sexualisation of little girls and the passing off of such male defined activities as pole and lap dancing as informed choice on the part of women, and therefore, empowering This has been part of an [...]


  23. 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 I went to the college library and chose this book because I thought the cover was cool I ve never read any feminist literature before, fiction or non fiction, so I had no idea where to start After taking a little while to get through the book, I did really enjoy it I found the arguments to be strong and straight to the point, an [...]


  24. An excellent written work I found Walter s book absolutely inspiring and motivational 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 It takes a deep view at how our society sexualizes girls, starting at a very your age with glittery pink , dolls, babies to take care of, make up and so on, whereas boys are taught to be adventurous, agressive, dominanteverything related to a male ty [...]


  25. This was one of those books that I was really interested in reading, but terrified of what I would find out I m doing research for a paper on the US purity craze and read this to contrast, but I found many of the underlying themes to be the same Walter combines interviews, research, and her own very keen observations to show how far women have come, and how far they ve consequently digressed I found it particularly interesting when Walter presented a biological determinism stereotype and then de [...]


  26. Really thought provoking, this book has made me terrified of ever having a daughter what a world she would find herself in I need to read books like this closer to the publication date, as I often find myself wondering what the authors would make of recent phenomenons in this case, I wonder what Natasha Walter would make of the Frozen mania Disney princesses who rescue each other and wear blue a sign of progress


  27. Really interesting read, particularly the later chapters on the focus of biological determinism to show gender differences in the media Although this is a really well researched and informative book I did find it a little hard to get through For a really good, slightly lighter, book on a similar subject I would recommend Ariel Levy s Female Chauvinist Pigs.


  28. I can t say I enjoyed this book, because it is a dire read It is thought provoking and so important, and highlights the fact that sexism remains a pressing issue in modern society I think the world would be a better place if everyone read this.



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