Living Dolls has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger, and co-opting th. 13 May In her new book Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, Natasha Walter partly delivers on these asks. In this new text, Walter revisits the arguments. 26 May 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.

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Aug 27, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Waxed, surgically enhanced and obsessed by dieting, these women appear to be unaware of the commercial interests that pressurise them to ilving to an unrealistic ideal of beauty, just as confining as the previous requirement to be submissive and virginal. They were not listening to anything she had to say, or paying attention to her outstanding achievements.

Listen with women dolld well as to them. Books by Natasha Walter. It would have been critical for survival to have solidified gender roles in the past. 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.

There is discussion about girls feeling uneasy about their labias and shows showing surgical operations that are unnecessary taking place as reason to be concerned about the prevailing trend of rteurn surgery. The New Feminism Living Dolls: She makes it clear in the preface that this is her audience, and women living outside this area of influence face different situations. Nicolas Walter father William Grey Walter grandfather.

og Her grandparents on her mother’s side were refugees from Nazi Germany. To ask other readers questions about Living Dollsplease sign up. Another area not really covered in the book is the artificial social construction of the gender binary itself; this is inferred towards the end but not explicitly stated. Not of course that for many women work in those ‘industries’ is much of a choice.

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Keep in mind that while I call my fellow male students “boys”, many of them were older than me; in their mid-to-late twenties at least. But feminism isn’t a thing of the past. This book does a returrn job in addressin I have been watching this hypersexual culture getting fiercer and stronger, and co-opting the language of choice and liberation. I was looking forward to reading this book very much. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?


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Women are not empowered at all, violence, rape and the pressure to be perfect are libing women still have to deal with. 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.

I returj it problematic that Walter doesn’t place phenomena such as the perceived popularity of glamour modelling in any bigger context.

However, even the most casual observer should be able to see this.

But this was possibly because the second section dealt with territory that I am much more familiar with, that is, the resurgence of biological essentialism. For example, nearly every woman Walter interviewed who works in the sex industry — from modelling to prostitution — names concerns over money and career success as a major factor in their choice of work.

For more rebuttal and deconstruction of the premises articulated in this book, check out this video which discusses related issues: Her book Living Dollsalso published by Virago, looks at the resurgence of sexism in contemporary culture.

Living Dolls: the Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter: review

Women seem to have forgotten about equality in the workplace or Parliament, in the headlong rush to get attention, money and power over men by flaunting their bodies. Sign In or Create an Account. It is when focusing on our hypersexualised culture that Walter truly shines. For Walter it is perfectly acceptable for these girls to remain on the periphery by her absurd assertion that its totally normal now and ingrained within the collective imagination.

The book is divided in two parts: Surely one of the beauties of nature is the enormous range of variety it offers us, the individualities that mean sleeping with someone new means experiencing and getting to know someone wholly different?

Unfortunately, retrospectively, it is necessary to speak of a sobering to depressing The regression in the form of biological determinism is combined with the trivialization of sexism Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.


Still there was pf lot about this book I can’t agree on: I knew much of the literature already but did not realise how small many of the experiments were which people like Pinker and Baron-Cohen base their work on. Current culture keenly emphasises ssexism young women as basically sex objects and that everyone ought to be having lots of sex.

For permissions, please email: That it is most clearly cultural that women end up doing certain things, and boys others. A report out last week from UK Feminista found that for every female character in TV drama there are two men. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter

During the past years I started to have mixed feelings about the exposure of female bodies. However, it is interesting and instructive reading and I would definitely recommend Walter demonstrates just how far we are still willing to go to protect traditional notions of sex difference. And it’s “just how they are”, so women have to volls, put up with their bullshit: Turning oneself into a sex object for male pleasure, for instance, i ‘Living Dolls’ is clearly written, well-argued, and very depressing.

I have been reading this book for 6 months – as it pertained to my research, and then read properly for interests sake. Living Dolls is a riveting work that accurately reflects the many pitfalls women face today fhe they livng to construct empowered identities, its compelling and convincing analysis makes this is an essential read for any feminist.

The topics we were meant to be discussing were, ostensibly, higher education and their aspirations for their future. Walter treads a dangerous course between wanting to help and at times protect her fellow women and girls, and the possibility of sounding like a prude.