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By Laurie Penny
Glossy tradition is keen about controlling women's our bodies. Our societies are saturated with photos of unreal, idealised girl good looks while genuine girl our bodies and the ladies who inhabit them are alienated from their very own own and political strength. lower than glossy capitalism, ladies are either shoppers and fed on: Meat industry deals ideas for resisting this gory cycle of intake, exposing how the alternate in girl flesh extends into everything of women's political selfhood. referring to sexuality, prostitution, starvation, intake, consuming issues, housekeeping, transsexualism and the worldwide alternate within the symptoms and signifiers of femininity, Meat marketplace is a skinny, bloody sliver of feminist dialectic, dissecting women's our bodies because the fleshy fulcrum of capitalist cannibalism.
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