What started as a feminist movement to empower females to have the same sexual options as males has turned into The Pornification of America.
Raunch culture is everywhere! It’s in advertising, movies, social media, and even music. This book attempts to explain how we got here and why this environment is so toxic to women.
The new sexual freedom of women was supposed to empower them to control their own lives. But now instead of being the perfect 1950s housewife, all women must be the porn bot of every man’s fantasies. Ever since the 2000s, there are impossibly high standards for female beauty (and sexiness) set by the surgically enhanced Kardashians and their Insta copycats. Who has the time and money to reach that level? And why does everyone want to look like twins? How boring is that?
The book looks ever deeper into raunch culture from Insta models performing free sex work to how the prevalence of violent porn is changing men’s sexual expectations to toxic masculinity like Trump’s “locker room talk” becoming pervasive. I agree with the author that once you hear about the “male gaze” you won’t be able to stop seeing it literally everywhere. The book occasionally may go a few steps too far. However, overall The Pornification of America is an eye-opening read. 4 stars!
Thanks to NYU Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.