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This is an attack not on her own sex, but on a mirage, the physically perfect yet politically empty image of womanhood that pervades our culture. This is a tiny but deadly bullet of a book, aimed at the false construction of the "liberated" female. But to this, Power, a lecturer in philosophy, adds a sharp awareness of the way gender functions under capitalism, linking it inextricably to class, race, money and power. Until the deeper system and its ideology change, she argues, the presence of women in positions of authority will make no difference.

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Natasha Walter is worried about pink. Though she uncovers a groundswell of dismay among some of the young women she speaks to, others seem very much at ease with the culture she deplores. She quotes a survey in which more than one-third of the teenage girls interviewed said they saw Jordan as a role model, and half said that they would consider glamour modelling. But the revitalisation of glamour modelling has become the symptom of a wider change?

In the second part of her book Walter pursues her belief that the progress of 21st-century women towards true equality with men has been set back by a fashionable scientific emphasis — seized upon with enthusiasm by the media — on the idea that nature, not nurture, determines masculine and feminine behaviour. For every research finding claiming to produce evidence for hard-wired gender difference, Walter produces another showing the opposite.

Alert though she is to doublethink in the arguments of those she disagrees with, Walter is not entirely innocent of it herself. Repeatedly she declines to press her points to their conclusion. Nor does she, in the second part of her book, interview women who have made successful careers — or have tried to do so and been baulked — in such male-dominated environments as politics, business and the law.

Towards the end of her book she quotes Harriet Harman and the journalist Anne McElvoy, both of whom ask her why she is so pessimistic about the current situation of women, but she fails to pursue the point.

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Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism

I n her book, The New Feminism , Natasha Walter argued that the feminist adage the "personal is political" needed to ditch the "personal" and focus on broader political goals. Feminists shouldn't worry so much about sexual objectification, Walter said; young women didn't want to be told what to wear and who to sleep with. Walter now says that she was "entirely wrong". In Living Dolls , she paints a frightening picture of the personal, one where young women are told the best they can be is a pole-dancing glamour model, and where the embrace of biological determinism or the idea that gender differences are physically ingrained rather than socially constructed enforces a glittery pink world in which discrimination and inequality are dismissed as reflecting "natural" preferences.

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Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter

Natasha Walter is worried about pink. Though she uncovers a groundswell of dismay among some of the young women she speaks to, others seem very much at ease with the culture she deplores. She quotes a survey in which more than one-third of the teenage girls interviewed said they saw Jordan as a role model, and half said that they would consider glamour modelling. But the revitalisation of glamour modelling has become the symptom of a wider change? In the second part of her book Walter pursues her belief that the progress of 21st-century women towards true equality with men has been set back by a fashionable scientific emphasis — seized upon with enthusiasm by the media — on the idea that nature, not nurture, determines masculine and feminine behaviour. For every research finding claiming to produce evidence for hard-wired gender difference, Walter produces another showing the opposite.

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