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The Prettier Sex: Understanding Gender Roles in Russia
By: Alexandra Buck. The most fascinating product of studying abroad is the discovery of different mentalities in a culture. Specifically, in Russia, society has completely different views of women and their expectations. Whenever they are out in public, Russian women dress pristinely, always in high heels, regardless of the weather. Even now that it is starting to get colder and winter is settling in, women continue this custom with high heeled boots.
Adrienne Evans and Sarah Riley
Judith Pamela Butler  born February 24, is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy , ethics , and the fields of third-wave feminist , queer ,  and literary theory. Butler is best known for her books Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex , in which she challenges conventional notions of gender and develops her theory of gender performativity. This theory has had a major influence on feminist and queer scholarship. Butler has supported lesbian and gay rights movements and has spoken out on many contemporary political issues. Her mother was raised Orthodox , eventually becoming Conservative and then Reform , while her father was raised Reform. As a child and teenager, she attended both Hebrew school and special classes on Jewish ethics , where she received her "first training in philosophy". Butler stated in a interview with Haaretz that she began the ethics classes at the age of 14 and that they were created as a form of punishment by her Hebrew school's Rabbi because she was "too talkative in class".
What does sexiness mean today? Has sexiness become something that is bought and sold? What identity effects does a sexiness informed by consumer culture have? Neoliberal, consumerist, and postfeminist media culture have shaped ways of understanding, embodied by the figure of the choosing, empowered, entrepreneurial consumer citizen-woman, whose economic capital determines feminine success and failure. Informed by older constructs of privilege e. Through this framework, the book provides the opportunity to understand how women make sense of their sexual identities in the context of a feminization of sexual consumerism. Keywords: sexiness , sexualization , postfeminism , neoliberalism , consumerism , identity , femininity.