Raunch culture and toy parties

I’m still knitting my brow over a former boyfriend’s Facebook update and his pending attendance of an adult-themed toy party — what the woman who’s hosting the party likely views as empowering to sell sex toys in a co-ed Tupperware-like party with private rooms and free-flowing  booze.

And that’s got me thinking of Raunch Culture and Ariel Levy. If you haven’t read her book, “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture,” you’re missing out. It’s quite a window into the phenomena of women objectifying themselves and each other — and calling it empowering. (And, in my view, losing a whole lot of the power of the feminine in the process.)

For the record: Please don’t send me invites to any adult toy party — Tupperware-themed or otherwise. Some things, to me, are private and intimate.

An NPR interview with Levy:



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