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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults Paperback – July 13, 2017
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Bitch Doctrine by Laurie Penny, one of the most accomplished and acerbic of the new, young journalists emerging from the protest movements of the 2010s, takes you to the front trench of the gender war and keeps you there longer than anyone should really stay * Paul Mason, Guardian * Laurie Penny is a polemicist - and her book is a largely data-free stream of consciousness - but she writes with verve and humour. It is a blast, in all senses * Financial Times * Laurie Penny is the tits. Witty and brazen, a force for both decency and revolution, she's a swashbuckling rhetorician, a daring reporter and an all-around fabulous broad. Bitch Doctrine provides an invaluable case for truth-telling in an age of chaos and lies * Emily Nussbaum * If you've followed Penny's work, you'll know that the thing that sets her apart from other enraged columnists is her empathy. She understands exactly what her opponents are thinking, and why, precisely, they are full of shit. This is a delight of a book. Penny's essays are righteous ones * Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother * The feminist writer Laurie Penny gives us short essays on everything from the trials of being trolled to why exactly she calls herself polyamorous and genderqueer ... Precise and rational ... Provocative * Vogue * A provocative rallying cry, she confronts social issues from love, gender and violence, pitching them against a backdrop of Trump and the rise of the right * Red * A dizzyingly clever, warm and witty compilation of essays covering topics which range from the 2016 US presidential election, to writing which explores the notion of gender: it looks at the nature of relationships and examines the current culture we find ourselves in ... Passionate, interesting, thoughtful * Cherwell * A writer and polemicist, a bad-ass, contrary, angry, bisexual troublemaker who is never happier than when she's upsetting someone, or preferably everyone ... We need her * The Times * An insightful, provocative and bold commentator. She is always relevant without slavishly following a supposedly 'topical' agenda set by others. Most importantly, she never compromises her compassion and humanity * Irvine Welsh * Sometimes enraging, sometimes enchanting, often both at once ... A raw, bright, urgent voice ... Like Caitlin Moran, another compulsive and essentially self-taught writer, she went to places others didn't and brought back things they had missed * Guardian * Forget Sex and the City, Penny doesn't give a damn about the politics of waxing or how small your pants are. She's more interested in analysing the battles we face around gender under late capitalism ... We are dealing with a new world order * Observer * Funny, angry, clear and true. Laurie Penny takes no prisoners - she'd rather free 'em * Joss Whedon * Penny is one of the first feminist writers to grow up within, and so instinctively understand, both the possibilities and the dangers of this relatively new cyber world * New Statesman *
About the Author
Laurie Penny is a writer and journalist. She writes for Vice, the Guardian and many other publications, is a columnist and Contributing Editor at the New Statesman magazine. She was the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing on her blog 'Penny Red'. She has reported on radical politics, protest, digital culture and feminism from around the world, working with activists from the Occupy movement and the European youth uprisings. She has 160,000 followers on Twitter and in 2012 won the British Media Awards' 'Twitter Public Personality of the Year' prize. Laurie is a nerd, a nomad and an activist. She is thirty years old and lives in London. laurie-penny.com @PennyRed
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It's nonsense of course. The world is a darker place than when some of these essays were written, and the need for a fight is greater than ever, but that doesn't mean the change is insurmountable.
Cutting, honest, and engaging; Bitch Doctrine has no interest in holding your hand and strolling through feminism and socialism 101. The assumption is absolutely made that you're here to support women and resist structural inequality, and the book is stronger for it. Instead of having to work through a journey to "woke", the essays are personal, honest and enlightening.
This book is not light reading. It challenged me, dared me to question my preconceptions, and refused to pull punches about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sex work and sexual assault. Penny is also able to understand where her voice is limited; able to recognise the need for, and recommend, alternative writers on race and trans experience.
I'd not recommend it to someone looking for their first step into social commentary, but once they've broken the seal, it should only be a matter of time before it takes a much deserved place on their shelf. Plus one of the chapter quotes is from my favourite Grimes song, so that's good.
NB: I was provided with a free review copy by the publishers.