The BookLook

The BookLook: Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny

by Gemma Pearson

Unrelenting. This is the word pounding out of my dizzying head as I’ve just read the final pages of ‘Unspeakable Things’. I need to do something about the whirlwind of emotions bursting out of heart and mind. Wow, what a woman.

The BookLook: Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny

Deep breath. And exhale.

Laurie Penny is a passionate proponent of feminism, using it’s strength within this book to demonstrate how “sex and money and power put fences around our fantasies.” – the imagined (and real) visions of how we want to live and project ourselves vs. how others would rather we were.

This is not a single-gendered call to women, this is for men & women of all genders and orientations, but it’s force lies in how widespread a vision of freedom for all is still objectified and loaded with ingrained unwritten rules.

It’s a powerful polemic that, amongst others, covers women’s experiences online, of disordered eating, porn, love, struggle, rights, sex, lies and revolution.

It’s compulsive reading and demands compulsive thinking in return – how did we get to this? And how can we make things better?

Penny speaks of unspeakable things boldly, unashamedly and eloquently, and with the conviction of someone who’s been there, done that and now wants us all to see what’s going on.

Don’t read this book to get answers – read it to get questions. Then pass those questions on.

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