- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (3 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408824744
- ISBN-13: 978-1408824740
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution Paperback – 3 Jul 2014
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Laurie Penny is such 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 in the myopic pursuit of an idea. It's such qualities that make Unspeakable Things essential for anybody who truly believes in equality and freedom (Irvine Welsh)
Full of the rhythm and repetition on oratory and persuasive and unsettling in its view of western society as a damaging dystopia causing untold harm to all but those at the very top. It is angry and challenging, but also full of compassion - including for men, many of whom have also been disenfranchised by systems they did not choose . Unspeakable Things is an impressive, inspiring and, I suspect, important manifesto (Melissa Harrison, Financial Times)
Penny thrills in being provocative and dramatic . She writes well about the social pressures they are under to behave with macho "masculinity" at all times (Daisy Wyatt, Independent)
Powerfully argued . Penny has a great turn of phrase (Evening Standard)
As Penny demonstrates, in a great, defining chapter on the internet, we are dealing with a new world order . This book is funny and cheeky . and refreshingly generous (Observer)
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 . Dazzling . Penny writes ... with intimacy and insight that smack of real knowledge (Guardian)
Laurie Penny can certainly coin a phrase . she writes well, inclusively and cogently with passion ... Let's hear it for "young, lady writers" behaving badly (Herald)
Unflinching ... In Unspeakable Things, Laurie Penny reclaims the word insolent, turning it into a compliment and a call to arms (TLS)
The spiky subversiveness of Laurie's journalism is best summed up by her sub-title, 'sex, lies, and revolution'. This is feminism with no apologies given, no compromises surrendered and a sharp-edged radicalism all the better for both. (Mark Perryman Philosophical Football 2014-10-01)
Many of us who "find" feminism when we are young do so through books. For many women of my age who were young in the late 80s, it was Kate Millet's Sexual Politics; for many young men and women of today, it will be Laurie Penny's personal yet political take on the state of sexual politics now. One can hope so, anyway, for the current crop of excellent feminist commentators, she probably strikes the best balance between the personal and political. Her voice is passionate without being one-dimensional. She addresses the need today for young men to be included in feminism's discussions while never losing sight of women's own particular experiences ( Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday )
Britain's youngest and smartest activist and columnist gets to grips with the sexual counter-revolution and all it entails for women and for menSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I'm surprised to read another comment saying it started well but got weaker. If anything I think it started very badly and got stronger. Unfortunately, the stronger material here has all been published elsewhere. For example, the "manic pixie dreamgirl" section is all right, but available elsewhere as a column. The part on online behaviour was an ebook. Penny is pushing her luck with that, I think.
The rest is not as well edited, and often quite poorly written. Her examples often fly in the face of common sense or reality, even when her general point is defensible. The book also makes unnecessarily frequent returns to personal anecdote which can make it feel like the book is going round in circles. To be sure, some of the personal stuff is valuable, but too much of it is not. This isn't helped by a lack of clarity on the book's direction. The author seems caught between two stools of narrative and wanting to show an objective overview.
We're told it's not a to-do list, which is OK, but it stops so short of specifics it's difficult to see it as much more than a laundry list of complaints, all of them familiar if you have read her columns. Penny says she wants the book to inspire, and although I can't see it myself, others have. This, at least, is a silver lining.
Less engaging, less funny, less coherent. Save your pennies.
I read "Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution” for my book group and came to it unaware of Laurie Penny. Once I’d finished listening to it, I discovered this is Laura’s fifth book in about four years and that lots of these chapters had already been published as articles and blogs. It explains a lot: the repetition and incoherence, the lack of structure, and any real conclusions. It’s a shame as this could, and probably should, have amounted to so much more.
I have read this book described as a manifesto. A manifesto is a public declaration of policy and aims - something this book conspicuously lacks. It’s actually a selection of articles by a clever and gifted writer who highlights some important, sometimes shocking, things about our world. But that’s all it is.
2/5 (Insights and content: 4 out of 5 / Structure and readability: 1 out of 5)
Lewis's Law applies to this book, sadly: there are a lot of 1-star reviews written by sexist trolls and these justify why it was written.
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