Ariel Levy, published author and staff writer for The New Yorker, will present a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. Levy will be discussing her 2005 book, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, which examines self-objectification of women in 21st century expressions of sexual liberation and female empowerment. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Levy’s book discusses the phenomenon of the “female chauvinist pig” through interviews with college women and high-school girls raised on hyper-sexualized pop culture, as well as conversations with Second Wave feminists such as Susan Brownmiller and Erica Jong.
In addition to writing for The New Yorker, Levy has written for the New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Slate, and Elle. She has made appearances on The Colbert Report, Oprah, and NPR’s Fresh Air, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Essays of 2008, New York Stories, and 30 Ways of Looking at Hillary.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Kirkland Endowment, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Womyn’s Center, Women’s Studies Department and Days-Massolo Center.