Born Ariel Levy 1974 (age 47–48) Occupation Writer Nationality American Notable works Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
The Rules Do Not Apply
Ariel Levy (born 1974) is an American staff writer at  magazine The New Yorker and the author of the books  The Rules do Not Apply and . Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture Levy is the host of The Just Enough Family, a podcast which has been compared to Jewish Succession. Her work has appeared in  , The Washington Post , The New Yorker , Vogue , and Slate . Levy was named one of the "Forty Under 40" most influential The New York Times out individuals in the June/July 2009 issue of . The Advocate
Early life and education [ edit ]
Levy was raised in a
Jewish family 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  magazine shortly thereafter.
Writings [ edit ]
magazine, where Levy has been a staff writer since 2008, she has written profiles of The New Yorker Cindy McCain, Silvio Berlusconi, Edith Windsor, Caster Semenya, Lamar Van Dyke, Mike Huckabee and Callista Gingrich. At magazine, where Levy was a contributing editor for 12 years, she wrote about New York 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 history and culture, and the popularity of U.S. pop culture staples such as Some of these articles allude to Levy's personal thoughts on the status of modern feminism.
Sex and the City.
Levy criticized the
pornographic video series 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 Girls Gone Wild and bawdy were synonymous.
Levy's experiences amid
Girls Gone Wild appear again in , 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 Female Chauvinist Pigs Girls Gone Wild told her that this new "raunch" culture marked not the downfall of feminism but its triumph, but Levy was unconvinced.
Levy's work is anthologized in
, The Best American Essays of 2008 , and New York Stories .
30 Ways of Looking at Hillary
In 2013 The New Yorker published her essay, "Thanksgiving in Mongolia" about the loss of her newly-born son at 19 weeks while traveling alone in Mongolia.
In March 2017, Random House published Levy's book,  , about her miscarriage, an affair, her spouse's alcoholism, and their eventual divorce. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir 
Levy was the co-writer for
Demi Moore's 2019 autobiography, . Inside Out
In April 2020, Levy wrote a controversial
The New Yorker about Renee Bach, a white American missionary accused of pretending to be a medical professional and performing procedures on Ugandan children.
Personal life [ edit ]
Levy is openly bisexual.
In 2017 Levy married John Gasson, a doctor from South Africa who tended to her during her miscarriage in Mongolia.
Bibliography [ edit ]
Essays, reporting and other contributions [ edit ]
Levy, Ariel (March 2, 2009). "Lesbian nation : when gay women took to the road". American Chronicles. The New Yorker.
— (2011). "Female chauvinist pigs". In Rosenblum, Karen E. & Toni-Michelle C. Travis (eds.). The meaning of difference : American constructions of race, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation, and disability : a text/reader (6th ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill.
— (January 2, 2012). "Drug test". Letter from Bangalore. The New Yorker. Vol. 87, no. 42. pp. 30–36. 
— (March 4, 2013). "Gaonnuri". Goings on About Town. Tables for Two. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 3. p. 10.
— (March 18, 2013). "Bagman". The Talk of the Town. Dept. of Coveting. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 5. p. 25.
— (May 6, 2013). "Living-room leopards : a new group of breeders want to undomesticate the cat". Department of Husbandry. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 12. pp. 28–32.
— (May 13, 2013). "Pearl & Ash". Goings on About Town. Tables for Two. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 13. p. 17.
— (August 5, 2013). "Trial by Twitter : after high-school football stars were accused of rape, online vigilantes demanded that justice be served. Was it?". A Reporter at Large. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 23. pp. 38–49.
— (September 30, 2013). "The perfect wife : how Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage". Profiles. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 30. pp. 54–63.
— (February 10, 2014). "Breaking the waves : in her sixties, a swimmer revives an old dream". Profiles. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 48. pp. 26–32. 
— (April 14, 2014). "Willow Road". Goings on About Town. Tables for Two. The New Yorker. Vol. 90, no. 8. p. 19.
— (April 13, 2015). "The price of a life : what's the right way to compensate someone for decades of lost freedom?". Annals of Justice. The New Yorker. Vol. 91, no. 8. pp. 54–63.
— (March 13, 2017). "Secret selves : Catherine Opie's photographs expose hidden truths about people and places". Profiles. The New Yorker. Vol. 93, no. 4. pp. 58–67. 
— (May 1, 2017). "A long homecoming : the novelist Elizabeth Strout left Maine, but it didn't leave her". Life and Letters. The New Yorker. Vol. 93, no. 11. pp. 22–26. 
— (January 13, 2020). "World without pain : does hurting make us human?". Dept. of Science. The New Yorker. Vol. 95, no. 44. pp. 18–24. — (June 1, 2020). "Looking for trouble : contrarianism has made Lionel Shriver famous, but fiction is what she believes changes minds". The New Yorker. Vol. 96, no. 15. pp. 40–47. 
See also [ edit ]
Levy, Ariel (2017). . The Rules Do Not Apply Little, Brown and Company. p. 152. ISBN 9780349005317 . Retrieved . November 30, 2018
Levy bio, Archived December 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine New Yorker website. Accessed Sept. 25, 2013.
Safire, William (October 2, 2005). "Language: 'Raunch' and the mysteries of back-formation". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013 . Retrieved . January 25, 2011
"Forty Under 40: Media". The Advocate. May 5, 2009. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013 . Retrieved . January 10, 2013
The Jewish Daily Forward: "Beyond Grief, Ariel Levy Faces The Future" by Talya Zax Archived September 24, 2017, at the Wayback Machine April 5, 2017| “There’s two identity markers I’m sure of, and one is, I’m Jewish. And the other is, I’m a writer,” Levy told me. “There’s just no arguing with either thing. I’m just Jewish.”
Female Chauvinist Pigs, p. 76.
Green, Penelope (March 25, 2017). "Ariel Levy Has Written a Thoroughly Modern Memoir". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved . October 8, 2019
Levy, Ariel. "About". ariellevy.net. Ariel Levy. Archived from the original on February 1, 2017 . Retrieved . September 25, 2013
Levy, Ariel (November 18, 2013). "Thanksgiving in Mongolia". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013 . Retrieved . December 4, 2013
Cusumano, Katherine (March 13, 2017). "Ariel Levy's 'The Rules Do Not Apply' Is This Year's Must-Read Memoir". W Magazine. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018 . Retrieved . November 30, 2018
Witt, Emily (March 16, 2017). "The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy review – a memoir of wanting too much". The Guardian. Archived from the original on August 1, 2017 . Retrieved . November 30, 2018
Handy, Bruce (September 24, 2019). "Demi Moore on Writing Her Highly Personal New Book". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660 . Retrieved . October 9, 2020
"A Missionary on Trial". . April 3, 2020. The New Yorker
Nuthals, Hailey (April 3, 2017). "Ariel Levy Navigates Life, Love in 'The Rules Do Not Apply' | Washington Square News" . Retrieved . October 9, 2020
Bjǿrnstad, Malini (April 15, 2018). "Ariel Levy: It is a terrible experience that you have to give life, but then it ends up with death | kk" . Retrieved . February 7, 2022
^ Online version is titled "
Diana Nyad breaks the waves".
^ Online version is titled "Catherine Opie, all-American subversive".
^ Online version is titled "Elizabeth Strout's long homecoming".
^ Online version is titled "Lionel Shriver is looking for trouble".
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