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Unspeakable Things

Sex, Lies and Revolution

Laurie Penny

Bloomsbury USA

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ISBN10: 1620406896
ISBN13: 9781620406892


288 Pages



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Smart, clear-eyed, and irreverent, Unspeakable Things is a fresh look at gender and power in the twenty-first century, which asks difficult questions about dissent and desire, money and masculinity, sexual violence, menial work, mental health, queer politics, and the Internet.

Celebrated journalist and activist Laurie Penny draws on a broad history of feminist thought and her own experience in radical subcultures in America and Britain to take on cultural phenomena from the Occupy movement to online dating, give her unique spin on economic justice and freedom of speech, and provide candid personal insight to rally the defensive against eating disorders, sexual assault, and internet trolls. Unspeakable Things is a book that is eye-opening not only in the critique it provides, but also in the revolutionary alternatives it imagines.


Praise for Unspeakable Things

"Penny is an elegant writer, and she deconstructs the issues of the day with an eye to how neoliberalism has filtered into our intimate relationships . . . Unspeakable Things deftly examines the shifting meanings of sex and gender in Western cultures and unpacks as many lies as it can identify."—Latoya Peterson, The New York Times Book Review

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About the author

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a writer and journalist. She is the author of Bitch Doctrine and Unspeakable Things. Her work appears in Vice, the Guardian, Longreads--where her series on consent and rape culture was nominated for a National Magazine Award--and many other publications. She is a columnist and contributing editor at New Statesman and editor at large at the New Inquiry. She was the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing on her blog, Penny Red. She lives in London.

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