Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny

Womens Studies

By Laurie Penny

'This isn't a fairytale. it is a tale approximately how intercourse and cash and gear police our dreams.'

Clear-eyed, witty and irreverent, Laurie Penny is as ruthless in her dissection of contemporary feminism and sophistication politics as she is in discussing her personal reviews in journalism, activism and underground culture.

This is a e-book approximately poverty and prejudice, on-line courting and consuming problems, riots within the streets and lies at the tv. The backlash is on opposed to sexual freedom for women and men and social justice ­– and feminism must get braver.

Penny speaks for a brand new feminism that takes no prisoners, a feminism that's approximately justice and equality, but additionally approximately freedom for all. It's in regards to the freedom to be who we're, to like who we elect, to invent new gender roles, and to talk out fiercely opposed to those that may deny us these rights. it's a publication that offers the silenced a voice ­– a voice that speaks of unspeakable things.

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She says, “To trust a woman is to trust in a different future awash with ideas and lit by the energy of all people. It means more options. ”9 A Vision of the Future Here’s what I see in the crystal ball: With balanced leadership, the United States reinvigorates a commitment to both individual and societal responsibility. It has healthier businesses and happier families, with strong supports for working families. Working couples and single moms can begin to replace stressful juggling with an integrated career and family life (even without a full-time partner at home).

In all too many places, women’s opinions and expertise are not sought. Women’s accomplishments are not on show. Times have changed, and so have women—but the paradigm of who leads remains virtually the same. Although it is seldom discussed in the United States, the 30% Solution can help. History confirms the power of women as a force for change when we lead the way and are joined in the effort by like-minded men. Courageous women have seen problems in our society and acted. To cite only a few examples, women’s leadership ended child labor and changed the law to protect girls and women from abuse and violence.

3 A further complication is that women cannot simply shift the leadership frame by demonstrating decisiveness—or other forms of assertiveness—in the same ways men do. When women speak out, we are often tagged as whiners. When men speak out, they are seen as “take charge” types. Among ourselves, over dinner, in conferences, or as mentors, women have talked about, complained about, and laughed about how ridiculous this is for years. What feels different and very positive to me is that a few male commentators are pointedly mentioning the unnecessary negative scrutiny faced by women leaders.

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