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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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And here was I expecting an insightful review into the current state of cattle farming...Published 8 months ago by Mr Cunningham
A great read. Laurie highlights many great points that often get undermined in the media, workplace or generally throughout society; it allowed to see with a greater spectrum. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Saman Tahmassebi
Thought this might be a book about sex, boy was I disappointed.
Penny is as hot as hell, can anyone resist her? Pity her writing is so poor. Read more
Expected a lot more pics. Was just some bird moaning a lot insteadPublished 18 months ago by Daryl Paskell