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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 http://pennyred.blogspot.com and lives in London UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (16 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XCAYMU
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laurie Penny has been a near ubiquitous figure over the last year. Her status as the "voice of a generation" has seen her career blossom as she is consistently pulled in by the BBC and others to give opinion on everything from the situation in the Middle East to student politics; all this while others of her age group (she's in her mid 20s by the way) have been losing their jobs. Here she attempts to capitalize on her popular credentials by chancing her hand at some feminist theory on the DIY publishing imprint Zero Books.

In short, this is possibly the worst piece of attempted theory I have ever read, and its faults, contradictions, and sheer dilettantish gall are to such an extent that to cover it all would require a text the length of which would justify a book of its own. I will address only the main points which will help illustrate not only that Laurie Penny has no idea what she is writing about, but that her faults stem from the fact that she is ultimately a middle class opportunist flirting with the most superficial and bankrupt autonomist thought.

It's also worth noting that her trite blogger/journalist prose makes this a very painful read. Lines like "The ooze and tickle of realtime sex, which can neither be controlled nor mass-produced and sold back to us, threatens both capital and censorship"(pg16) might get Twitter buzzing, but in a monologue it just looks like nonsense. Her bizarre fixation on descriptives for bodily functions also offer up such pearls as "the eroto-capitalist horror of human flesh", "the panting border between dream and secretion", the "dirt and ooze of female power" and "the meat and stink of my body". Perhaps all this is meant to be arousing, but all she succeeds in doing is make sex appear like a scene from a Hammer horror film.
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Whilst I echo the sentiments within the book, and admire some of Laurie Perry's other musings, this book was not well-written (containing a myriad of grammatical errors and poorly structured sentences) and was tiny; more of a pamphlet than a book.
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I am a keen reader of feminist literature and when I spotted this book in a charity shop, I thought it would be worth a read. The link between exploitation of women and capitalism is a very interesting premise, but unfortunately much of the book suffered from a lack of depth of analysis. Too many straw men being set up, and a selective citing of facts that ignore the bigger picture caused this book to be essentially an exposition of the authors preexisting ideas and prejudices, without a willingness to acknowledge the complexities of situation. Disappointing at best, trite at its worst.
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I think the writer raised a few good points on women's issues (which are already discussed in many current feminist writings so nothing new in this one) I found that the views expressed were quite aggressively dealt out and sometimes statements were made without facts to back it up, also the writing was quite unclear in some cases, with some discussions not fully closed or followed through. I have no doubt that this individual is passionate about their take on feminist issues but I feel that in this case the passion they have for the subject has over spilled into the theme and has taken the spotlight.
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First things first. I'm a man who's fairly sympathetic to the feminist cause. There are a few polemics in the genre which I wouldn't hesitate to give rave reviews to. This isn't one of them though.

I appreciate that this book isn't intended to be the final word on the subject. I'm fine with that. There are many modest little books that are effective precisely because of their focus and directness. With all of that having been said, there's still no getting around the fact that the rhetoric in this book is consistently sloppy. Sometimes this carelessness reaches the point where even sympathetic readers will have trouble taking the author seriously.

Things don't get off to a great start when the author declares, on the very first page, that:

"...one in five women in Britain and America is a victim of rape"
(Penny, Laurie (2011); Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism; Zero Books; Winchester, UK and Washington, USA; P1)

That's quite an astonishing statistic right there, and one that I personally find a little difficult to swallow. Unfortunately, Penny doesn't help matters here, seeing as she omits to include a source for her numbers. I would like to know how large the samples for this study/survey were and where they were found. I'm guessing that there's an interesting back-story to this shibboleth. Still, I will have to concede that in the absence of an actual source to look up my suspicions will have to remain precisely that. Suspicions, and nothing more.

This wouldn't be the last time that Penny set off my warning alarms though.
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Penny Dreadful.
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A REAL feminist does not need to keep reminding the world she is a feminist by being angry 24/7. Just as a gay man doesn't need to mince down Old Compton Street with a copy of the gay times.

Laurie Penny has never done a real job in her life which make her views on 'capitalism' embarrassing.

She is similar to those 'true Muslims' who talk about destroying Britain while happily taking our benefits, and sitting at home all day.

The content of this book is dull, confused and repetitive. Like a precocious child telling adults about the world.

I got this book from my library and it cost me nothing - so no money for you Laurie (just like you want it?)!
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