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FEATURED SUBJECT CATEGORY – Feminism
Zer0 authors writing in this area are journalist and spokesperson Laurie Penny, sex blogger Anne Sabo and academic Nina Power.
Recent bestselling titles on feminism are:
ZERO BOOKSMeat Market
Female flesh under capitalism
by Laurie Penny
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)
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.
ZERO BOOKSOne Dimensional Woman
by Nina Power
Where have all the interesting women gone? If the contemporary portrayal of womankind were to be believed, contemporary female achievement would culminate in the ownership of expensive handbags, a vibrator, a job, a flat and a man. Of course, no one has to believe the TV shows, the magazines and adverts, and many don't. But how has it come to this? Did the desires of twentieth-century women's liberation achieve their fulfilment in the shopper's paradise of 'naughty' self-pampering, playboy bunny pendants and bikini waxes? That the height of supposed female emancipation coincides so perfectly with consumerism is a miserable index of a politically desolate time. Much contemporary feminism, particularly in its American formulation, doesn't seem too concerned about this coincidence. This short book is partly an attack on the apparent abdication of any systematic political thought on the part of today's positive, up-beat feminists. It suggests alternative ways of thinking about transformations in work, sexuality and culture that, while seemingly far-fetched in the current ideological climate, may provide more serious material for future feminism.
It's rare for anger to be so witty, wit to be so angry, or either to be so compelling. An outstanding dose of sal volatile. ~ China Mieville (novellist)
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. She has published widely on topics including Iran, humanism, vintage pornography and Marxism. London United Kingdom
ZERO BOOKSSweetening the Pill
or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control
by Holly Grigg-Spall
Millions of healthy women take a powerful medication every day from their mid-teens to menopause - the Pill - but few know how this drug works or the potential side effects. Contrary to cultural myth, the birth-control pill impacts on every organ and function of the body, and yet most women do not even think of it as a drug. Depression, anxiety, paranoia, rage, panic attacks - just a few of the effects of the Pill on half of the over 80% of women who pop these tablets during their lifetimes. When the Pill was released, it was thought that women would not submit to taking a medication each day when they were not sick. Now the Pill is making women sick. However, there are a growing number of women looking for non-hormonal alternatives for preventing pregnancy. In a bid to spark the backlash against hormonal contraceptives, this book asks: Why can't we criticize the Pill?
Holly Grigg-Spall is fearless, and her courageous advocacy on behalf of women whose stories are too often silenced is a model for others trying to make positive change through health activism. Read the book and get inspired, get angry, and most importantly get information. Sweetening the Pill is exactly the thing needed to energize and mobilize this important women's health conversation. ~ Laura Eldridge, author of In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
Holly Grigg-Spall’s writing has been featured in the UK Independent and Times newspapers and the Washington Post. She has contributed to the Ms. Magazine blog, re:Cycling, the F Bomb, Bedside Manners and Bitch magazine. She lives in California, USA.
Zero Books After Pornified
How Women Are Transforming Pornography & Why It Really Matters
by Anne G. Sabo
Porn brings up a lot of negative images in our sexualized, pornified culture. But today a growing number of women are radically changing porn to authentically capture with respect and realism the sexual lives of women and men, empowering and inspiring the viewer to claim her sexuality against a pornified culture, and creating a real counterweight to pornified media and porn as it’s been known. Porn affects us. Today, women are leading the way to make those effects positive. After Pornified lets you see how.
Next to film professor Linda Williams, Anne G. Sabo is the most respected intellectual voice analyzing the new trend of feminist pornography. Actually Sabo's book demonstrates that it is not only a trend. Sabo shows that we are in front of a revolution of the genre. ~ Erika Lust, award-winning writer and erotic film director, and the author of Good Porn: A Woman's Guide (Seal Press)
Anne G. Sabo, Ph.D., is a former academic turned public educator, author, speaker, freelance writer, and mama- and sex blogger. Oslo Norway
Zero Books Exposing Phallacy
An Exploration of Flashing in a Contemporary Context
by Kate Gould
While others flirt with the accoutrements of romance and sexiness for lovers, flashers confront the spectator with sex organs. They ask no consent, baring the genitals of which they are so proud, convinced their spectators will desire them. But they rarely do. Instead, they are more likely to object to the imposition of the male flasher and leer at the female flasher. While softcore porn is fashionable and ubiquitous, the flashers public full frontal display is still forbidden.
A compelling, insightful and superbly written in-depth analysis of a subject matter that is rarely mentioned outside the parameters of a giggle. ~ Louisa Achille (Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker of The Naked Feminist)
Kate Gould is a writer, Beethoven groupie, feminist, campaigner for sex workers' rights, tattooed lady, etiquette fanatic, insatiable reader, and commissioning editor at The Fine Line. She's been a research assistant to Germaine Greer and Shere Hite, MORI pollster, book critic, magazine editor, over-worked publishing intern, nanny, English teacher, and hotel critic. Edinburgh Midlothian United Kingdom
Zer0 Books are intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist. Zer0 is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before.
" Zer0 Books publishes short, intelligent polemics on politics and culture. packing a lot of punch into about 80 pages they are masterclasses in how supposedly tough theory can be made accessible and help us to understand society. ..they are must reads."
Rowan Wilson, Verso Publishing and ReadySteadyBook blogger.
PREVIEW OF NEW TITLES PUBLISHING IN DECEMBER
Authors are available to speak or write about their books. Foreign rights are available.
Zero Books Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame, The
by David J. Blacker
The current neoliberal mutation of capitalism has evolved beyond the days when the wholesale exploitation of labor underwrote the world system’s expansion. While “normal” business profits plummet and theft-by-finance rises, capitalism now shifts into a mode of elimination that targets most of us—along with our environment—as waste products awaiting managed disposal. The education system is caught in the throes of this eliminationism across a number of fronts: crushing student debt, impatience with student expression, the looting of vestigial public institutions and, finally, as coup de grâce, an abandonment of the historic ideal of universal education. “Education reform” is powerless against eliminationism and is at best a mirage that diverts oppositional energies. The very idea of education activism becomes a comforting fiction. Educational institutions are strapped into the eliminationist project—the neoliberal endgame—in a way that admits no escape, even despite the heroic gestures of a few. The school systems that capitalism has built and directed over the last two centuries are fated to go down with the ship. It is rational therefore for educators to cultivate a certain pessimism. Should we despair? Why, yes, we should—but cheerfully, as confronting elimination, mortality, is after all our common fate. There is nothing and everything to do in order to prepare.
While it is no surprise that casino capitalism is in crisis and is spurring protests all over the world, few theorists connect the dots and analyze how this crisis moves through and is affected by a range of institutions. David Blacker has written a superb book in which matters of education, agency, economic justice and collective struggle come alive in both a language of critique and possibility. There will be no endgame to neoliberalism without critically thinking subjects who fight back collectively. This is the book that should be read to create the formative culture that makes such a struggle possible. ~ Henry A. Giroux, author, America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth, Professor of Communication Studies, McMaster University
David Blacker is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. United States
Zero Books Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature
by Heather Katharine McRobie
Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature is a non-fiction study of literary freedom from a political-philosophical perspective. It adds an original perspective on the issue of literary freedom as it synthesises debates from human rights as well as providing a new way of addressing the question 'How do we mitigate against the harm caused by hate speech?' by applying Amartya Sen's capability approach to this question.
Heather McRobie is a journalist and writer from Oxford currently researching constitutions in the Arab Spring. Oxford Oxfordshire United Kingdom
NEWS & EVENTS
Fleur Britten/The Sunday Times ran a 4 page article about "Sweetening the Pill," by Holly Grigg-Spall on Oct 27 2013
Link to article: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/living/Wellbeing/article1330294.ece
Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Dial-a-Book ran an article about "Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame, The," by David J. Blacker on Nov 28 2013Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame, The by David J. Blacker [ 2013-12-13 Zero Books 978-1-78099-578-6 £15.99 $26.95 ] Our education system is chained to the hold of a sinking capitalist ship. Is there any escape?
Dial-a-Book ran an article about "Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature," by Heather Katharine McRobie on Nov 28 2013Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature by Heather Katharine McRobie [ 2013-12-13 Zero Books 978-1-78099-880-0 £9.99 $14.95 ] How do we protect literary freedom while preventing the harm done by literary hate speech? This book presents an innovative new approach to literary freedom as a cultural right.
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by xoJane (xoJane) on Oct 10 2013http://www.xojane.com/healthy/are-we-culturally-hooked-on-the-pill Blog interview with xoJane attracting plenty of comments.Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by Virginia Sole-Smith (Elle Magazine USA) on Oct 17 2013Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by HILA WEISSBERG (THE MARKER ) on Oct 26 2013Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by THE MARKER on Oct 26 2013Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by SHANNON HIGGINS (CBC Radio) on Oct 28 2013Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill" was interviewed by Kasey Edwards (Daily Life Australia ) on Oct 28 2013Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control by Holly Grigg-Spall [ 2013-09-27 Zero Books 978-1-78099-607-3 £12.99 $22.95 ] Is it really true? Has contraception liberated or oppressed women?
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