|Born||October 17, 1974|
|Notable work(s)||Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture|
Ariel Levy (born Oct. 17, 1974) is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vogue, Slate, and the New York Times. Levy was named one of the "Forty Under 40" most influential out individuals in the June/July 2009 issue of The Advocate.
Early life and education
Levy was raised in Larchmont, New York, and attended Wesleyan University in the 1990s, graduating in 1996. She says that her experiences at Wesleyan, which had "coed showers, on principle," strongly influenced her views regarding modern sexuality. After graduating from Wesleyan, she was briefly employed by Planned Parenthood, but claims that she was fired because she is "an extremely poor typist." She was hired by New York magazine shortly thereafter.
At The New Yorker magazine, where Levy has been a staff writer since 2008, she has written profiles of Cindy McCain, Silvio Berlusconi, Caster Semenya and Callista Gingrich. At New York magazine, where Levy was a contributing editor for 12 years, she wrote about John Waters, Stanley Bosworth, Donatella Versace, the writer George W. S. Trow, the feminist Andrea Dworkin, and the artists Ryan McGinley and Dash Snow. Levy has explored issues regarding American drug use, gender roles, lesbian culture, and the popularity of U.S. pop culture staples such as Sex and the City. Some of these articles allude to Levy's personal thoughts on the status of modern feminism.
Levy criticized the pornographic video series Girls Gone Wild after she followed its camera crew for three days, interviewed both the makers of the series and the women who appeared on the videos, and commented on the series' concept and the debauchery she was witnessing. Many of the young women Levy spoke with believed that bawdy and liberated were synonymous.
Levy's experiences amid Girls Gone Wild appear again in Female Chauvinist Pigs, in which she attempts to explain "why young women today are embracing raunchy aspects of our culture that would likely have caused their feminist foremothers to vomit." In today's culture, Levy writes, the idea of a woman participating in a wet T-shirt contest or being comfortable watching explicit pornography has become a symbol of strength; she says that she was surprised at how many people, both men and women, working for programs such as Girls Gone Wild told her that this new "raunch" culture marked not the downfall of feminism but its triumph, but Levy was unconvinced.
- Ariel Levy Facebook profile. Accessed Sept. 25, 2013.
- Levy bio, New Yorker website. Accessed Sept. 25, 2013.
- Safire, William (October 2, 2005). "Language: 'Raunch' and the mysteries of back-formation". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Forty Under 40: Media". The Advocate. May 5, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs, p. 76.
- "About," Ariel Levy official website. Accessed Sept. 25, 2013.
- married Amy Norquist.
- Levy, Ariel. "wrote about losing her baby at 19 weeks while traveling alone in Mongolia". Newyorker.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Official website
- New Yorker Archive
- New York magazine – Ariel Levy Archive
- "Dispatches from Girls Gone Wild," Slate.com
- Female Chauvinist Pigs: Ariel Levy by Alican Çakmak Kozoğlu. (Interview). Literal Affairs. 2012.