In Bed audio show #224: Ariel Levy interview, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs
My guest this week is Ariel Levy, a contributing editor at New York magazine and the author of the controversial new book, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. I began to interview Ariel here in print a few weeks ago, but I was eager to talk to her in person— and I wasn't disappointed. She is spontaneous, funny, articulate, and asks some of the best questions herself.
At the beginning of the show, I read the first chapter of her book out loud, if you want to hear what all the fuss is about.
Then, we begin our conversation about what people (mis)take for sexy these days and what it all means when feminism goes the way of most revolutions and is co-opted by they mainstream culture. I make her tell me all about her sordid past at Wesleyan... someone had to do it.
Then, in the Try This at Home mailbag, I get a letter from a recently divorced man who says he's not quite able to give his new relationship his all.
It's interesting, because he only mentions his divorce as a footnote, but I think it is the probably the single biggest impact on the what he sees as his cock and libido not "performing" the way they used to.
I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but my show is also available as a podcast, if that is your bag. And, Audible has a promotion going on right now where if you sign up as a "Listener" (which is like a monthly subscription, like Netflix) they will send you a free iShuffle. Until Nov. 15, I think. Dammit, I want an iShuffle! And a Nano. And about five hundred other accessories.
In fact, speaking of iPod accessories, have any of you found the ideal way to play your Pod in your car? I tried those "radio frequency" gizmos, and they just FLAT DIDN'T WORK. The radio signal was too weak and it went in and out like I was in Siberia. TERRIBLE.
So what I use now is the little "audio cassette" dealie that you plug into your pod. It worked for two years, and then developed a short. I just replaced it yesterday and was shocked to pay $20 for it. I could have sworn it was once under ten dollars.
It does a fine job with the sound, the the hassle of all the wires is enough to get in several car accidents along the way, esp. if I also plug in the power cord that goes into the cigarette lighter hole.
The people at Radio Shack tried to sell me yet another brand of radio signaling device, which cost 80. GIVE ME A BREAK. I am so sick of being fleeced with the iPod add-ons.
iPod/Rosa Parks image from Jeff Leftwich.