This is a story about how modern masculinity is killing the world, and how feminism can save it. It’s a story about sex and power and trauma and resistance and persistence.
It’s a story about how you can track the crisis of democracy against the crisis of White masculinity, and how the far right is rising in response to both.
It’s a story about a social change. And at the centre of that story is one simple idea: we are in the middle of a sexual revolution.
Laurie Penny charts how, in our era of crisis, we are also witnessing a productive transformation: profound and permanent changes in how we define gender, sex, consent and whose bodies matter. These changes threaten the social and economic certainties that form our world. They threaten existing power structures, and they undermine the authority of institutions from the waged workplace to the nuclear family. No wonder the far right is fighting back so hard.
Sexual Revolution is a hand grenade of a book: both a manifesto for social change and a story of how feminism can save us.