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  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846945216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846945212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Penny hones her every phrase to a razor's edge. She is absolutely surgical in her anatomising of a mad world. MEAT MARKET is the kind of cut you learn from. (Warren Ellis, author of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, RED)

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Laurie Penny is a 23-year old journalist, blogger, feminist activist and reprobate from London with a deep loathing for unexamined orthodoxies. She writes the popular blog Penny Red and lives in London UK.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DFG on August 14, 2011
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This is a good first-time publication by a new young feminist writer. It could have been much better if she waited to publish it until she had fleshed out (no pun intended) some of her ideas. As it stands, it really reads like a series of unconnected essays which she has tried, not entirely successfully, to link together under a unifying theme of "female flesh under capitalism". She simply hasn't connected all the dots here and at some points you get the sense of a half-finished book.

Her discussion of sex work is particularly frustrating in its underdevelopment. Like many Marx-influenced feminists, she is clearly uncomfortable with the principle of women selling sexual services but believes that those who do so must be decriminalised and protected under labour law. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of her analysis, and there is nothing new in it. The shallowness of her approach to the subject is exemplified by her treatment of those sex workers at the higher end of the scale, whom she first dismisses as bourgeois and irrelevant to the majority of "prostituted women" (a phrase that always makes me cringe, with its agency-denial - which, in another chapter, she is anxious to reject!) and then tries to suggest that even they are, ultimately, victims of capitalism too (after all, why else would a PhD student go into sex work?
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