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Fragments from a Deviant 19

Fragments from a Deviant is regular monthly radio emission created by Nova deViator. 19. Fragments from a Deviant was WNdV collaboration in which you can dive in a
fragmented and cut pieces of a texts from 'Female chauvinist pigs' by Ariel Levy (interpreted by Jana Wilcoxen) + granulated and accumulated complete soundtrack of 'Real Female Orgasms #7' + Casting for Porn: Charlotte Stokeley.

"Raunch culture is not essentially progressive, it is essentially commercial. Raunch culture isn't about opening our minds to the possibilities and mysteries of sexuality. It's about endlessly reiterating one particular - and particularly commercial - shorthand for sexiness." -- Ariel Levy

In true Ballardian style, technology is not necessarily leading us to more enlightened lives and toward greater social good; it has unleashed the private, subconscious, and beastly urges that manifest in pornography. Such material that was once kept hidden away and stigmatised as seedy has now streaked into the mainstream: on mobile phones, on laptops, in children’s bedrooms and making mega-millions for respectable banks, hotel chains and even funding political lobby groups in Washington.

We have to acknowledge the damaging affect porn can have on people, particularly young people; giving caricature examples of sex, and worryingly, being more influential a sex educator than teachers. *But the sexual liberation has happened, freedom is unpredictable, and using crypto-conservative approaches to such problems won’t give women the ‘freedom and power’ Ariel Levy demands.

Still, as a consciousness-raising call to arms, "Female Chauvinist Pigs" is clearly to the good. And it raises a question that reaches far beyond the faddish popularity of the sex industry. Levy never mentions *John Berger*, but at times her book strongly echoes his "Ways of Seeing." Berger wrote: "Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. . . . The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object." "Ways of Seeing" was published in 1972, and Berger's theory of female objectification hinged on women's historical lack of real-world power or independence: "Men survey women before treating them. Consequently how a woman appears to a man can determine how she will be treated." But things have changed a lot since 1972. Many women can buy their own plane tickets and pay their own rent. They can treat themselves. Why, then, do they persist in watching themselves through male eyes?