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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution Paperback – September 16, 2014
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“[Penny's] work on protest movements, sex, and desire has been at the forefront of feminist writing of the last few years.” ―Bitch
“Laurie Penny is already a respected commentator . . . She balances sophisticated theorising with the anecdotal . . . An exceptional writer with a shark-bite wit.” ―The Independent on Meat Market
“Incisive… A fascinating read.” ―Feministing.com on Meat Market
“Penny writes in raw, engaging prose about how blogging was a liberation from her troublesome teenage body, about the joys of being a geek, and--most interestingly--about what it is like to be on the receiving end of sexist abuse . . . A worthwhile and provocative read.” ―The Observer on Cybersexism
About the Author
Laurie Penny is a columnist and contributing editor at the New Statesman and editor at large at the New Inquiry, and has written for the Guardian, Salon, the Nation, and others. Her blog, Penny Red, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010, and she won the 2012 British Media Award for Twitter Public Personality of the Year; she has 84,000 followers. She is also the author of two previous books, Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism and the collection Penny Red. Laurie lives in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
She mainly writes about the UK and US.
She writes well with a young voice, which can be very provocative at times. Not a bad thing.
I don't agree with everything she says but she got me thinking!
Highly recommended to all genders.
While at times, Penny has a tendency to repeat a point ad nauseam, it seems a stylistic choice, rather than an attempt to condescend. Nevertheless, certain sections could have benefited from a harsh stylistic edit. I occasionally found myself skipping paragraphs.
Still - this is an absolute must-read for feminists, would-be feminists, anti-feminists, and, well, everyone.
Some people hate that it's also a personal and somewhat auto-biographical book - as though that's somehow unprofessional - but I found it a strength. Nobody writes about this stuff unless it affects them emotionally, so why pretend otherwise? And making the book personal makes it more interesting - at least to me. (But fair warning: maybe look elsewhere if you want a more academic tone or prefer the use of the passive voice throughout.)
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After reading this, I am positive men have it much worse in society...if this is the most women can complain of in today's society, they are lucky compared to men.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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