Obviously I haven't read it yet, nor have I read Walter's previous book, "The New Feminism." What I have read about the book, though, makes me a curious. I feel like this might be a bridge to a bigger conversation (which I'm getting to).
The Daily Mail has an excerpt from the book (I think? If it's not an excerpt, maybe it's an introduction?). The Guardian has an article about/interview with Walter, which perhaps gave me a better sense of the book than the former link did. I wish I could summarize what the book is about, but I'm not entirely sure. I think a lot of it has to do with younger women who are obsessed with their looks, their bodies, and being attractive, convinced they need to look like a centerfold to get anywhere in life, even if that "anywhere" leads them to taking off their shirts in a nightclub contest or to lapdancing. (Though to be sure, there is much more in the book than that, including, apparently, a second half about gender and biological determinism, quite a different subject than what I'm talking about here.)
Walter's piece in the Daily Mail says:
The fact that women can now be sexually active and experienced without being condemned is a direct result of that feminism - and all aspects of the current 'hypersexual' culture are seen as proof of women's growing freedom and power.
Glamour modelling is seen by many who participate in the industry as a marker not of persistent male sexism, but of women's new confidence.
This equation of empowerment and liberation with sexual objectification is now seen everywhere, and is having a real effect on the ambitions of young women.
I can't tell if this is supposed to be a "feminism failed" or "feminism succeeded" tale, or if it's "feminism led us somewhere we might not have wanted to go." Ceri Radford at the Telegraph says (emphasis mine):
For me, there's a difference in the individual and society here, and I guess that's the bigger picture. I don't care at all if a woman wants a fake tan and fake boobs and to wear underwear in public. I do care that she might think it's expected of her. I care that society expects it, 24/7. In these days of instant access to naked photos online, on your phone, on TV, in ads, etc., doesn't it seem like the expectations placed on women are only going to get worse, not better?