- Paperback: 79 pages
- Publisher: Zero Books (29 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846945216
- ISBN-13: 978-1846945212
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 0.6 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism Paperback – 29 Apr 2011
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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)
About the Author
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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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 ›
Reading this I could almost hear the writer spitting and frothing at the mouth and these kinds of writings do nothing to either encourage people to the cause or help create a wider understanding of what feminism really is.
I also bought Living Dolls by Natasha Walter and highly recommend this for a great overview of modern feminism, covering a range of subtopics.
My b/f suggested that in my review I add something about the author writing this at the wrong time of the month - I am not quite ashamed to admit that i giggled at this. That is exactly how this book comes across and how it can so easily be dismissed.
I think the writer is very young and it does come across as poorly informed but mostly very immature.
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Fantastic book talking about how women and their bodies are used and abused in our society. A well written, short and concise eye-opener.Published 6 months ago by Lisa
And here was I expecting an insightful review into the current state of cattle farming...Published 20 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 23 months ago by Saman Tahmassebi
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... Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Eddie Jones
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