After graduating from Wesleyan University, I worked for Planned Parenthood, but they fired me after just one week because I am an extremely poor typist. Almost immediately thereafter, I was hired at New York magazine. As a typist. I kept typing there for twelve years. In 2008, I became a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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The New York Times Magazine

William Safire contemplates 'raunch' in his "On Language" column, October 2, 2005

'Fluent in raunch'' is how Ariel Levy, 30, describes her critique of postfeminism. Her shocking book, ''Female Chauvinist Pigs,'' is subtitled ''Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.'' In that debasing culture, she writes, young women are fascinated with porn stars and strip clubs, obsessed with the need for ''plastic surgery, peroxide, a manicure, a mall,'' and live in ''a candyland of sex'' where ''every magazine stand is a gumdrop castle of breasts.. read more.

The New York Times

Female Chauvinist Pigs reviewed by Jennifer Egan, September 18, 2005

Reading ''Female Chauvinist Pigs,'' Ariel Levy's lively polemic, gave me an epiphany of sorts. Finally, a coherent interpretation of an array of phenomena I'd puzzled over in recent years: the way Paris Hilton's leaked sex tapes seemed only to enhance her career; the horrifying popularity of vaginoplasty, a surgical procedure designed to make female genitalia more sightly; and a spate of mainstream books about stripping and other sex work, some reviewed in these pages. read more.

Daily News

Editorial by Lenore Skenazy, February 8, 2006

Betty Friedan was the original desperate housewife, bored batty. She wanted to use her mind, her talents! And so she did: She changed the world.Now that world needs changing again. read more.


Cover story by Judith Timson, September 26, 2005

SHE AND HER FRIENDS TALK about it constantly. How to go out and have a great time. How to make their way through a sexual landscape that somehow has upped the ante in racy behaviour. read more.

Library Journal

Fall Editors' Picks, 2005

"Sex is one of the most interesting things we as human beings have to play with, and we've reduced it to polyester underpants and implants," Ariel Levy writes in her fascinating and furious critique of "raunch culture," Female Chauvinist Pigs . read more.

Publishers Weekly

Female Chauvinist Pigs reviewed August 1, 2005

What does "sexy" mean today? Levy, smartly expanding on reporting for an article in New York magazine, argues that the term is defined by a pervasive "raunch culture" wherein women "make sex objects of other women and of ourselves." The voracious search for what's sexy, she writes, has reincarnated a day when Playboy Bunnies (and airbrushed and surgically altered nudity) epitomized female beauty. read more.

Kirkus Reviews

July 1, 2005

An attack on "female chauvinist pigs," women who make sex objects of themselves and of other women.Levy, a contributing editor for New York Magazine, has expanded two of her articles in that magazine and a piece for into this biting critique of the phenomenon of raunch culture (think Paris Hilton) in which women choose to present themselves as bimbos. read more.

The Guardian

Ariel Levy interviewed by Kira Cochrane, June 21, 2006

Ambling along Broadway in New York, on my way to meet the writer Ariel Levy, I realise that I have developed an extra sense. A kind of "raunch-vision". I have just finished re-reading Levy's book, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture' - an analysis of our culture's fascination with porn stars, silicone breasts and lap dancing - and suddenly, everywhere I look, I can see, well, pure raunchiness.The mannequins in a Times Square souvenir shop, their mouths agape, remind me, suddenly, of blow-up dolls. read more.

The Socialist Review

Interview by Judith Orr, September 2006

In her book Ariel Levy decries the rise of "raunch culture", which sees pornography and stripping passed off as a form of women's liberation. Levy spoke to Judith Orr about her work and the debates it has sparked. read more.

The American Prospect

A discussion of the contemporary progressive movement by Garance Franke-Ruta, February 2006

TED NORDHAUS, A SELF-PROCLAIMED "RECOVERING pollster," and Michael Shellenberger, a former San Francisco public relations executive, began quietly sending out e-mails in the spring of 2005. Love your work, they'd write people they thought would be like-minded. read more.

Sunday Times (London)

Female Chauvinist Pigs reviewed by India Knight, January 22, 2006

Female society seems to be divided into women who find the pornification of their universe (Hollywood waxes, plastic breasts, group sex, lap-dancing classes at the community centre) cause for enthusiastic celebration -so post-feminist and empowering, don't you know -and those who look on, bewildered, creeped-out and really quite alarmed by the pert new tits-out, legs-apart world they find themselves living in. read more.

National Review

A conservative's take on Female Chauvinist Pigs, by Myrna Blyth, October 10, 2005

I used hot-pink post-it notes to mark the pages of this book; it seemed appropriate, since they matched so perfectly the book's hot-pink cover. The cover, in turn, is highly appropriate for the book's contents. read more.