Wed, 17 May 2023, 6:00 - 7:30 PM (BST)
Dead Ink Books, 375 Smithdown Road, Liverpool, L15 3JJ
Join us for this discussion of 'Radical Intimacy' with the author, Sophie K Rosa, and guest speaker, Laura Yuile.
Sophie K Rosa is a writer and freelance journalist. She has written for Novara Media, Guardian, Buzzfeed, VICE, Al Jazeera, Aeon and CNN. In 2018, she was openDemocracy‘s feminist investigative journalism fellow, producing a series of articles tracking the backlash against women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights.
During this event, she will be speaking with Laura Yuile, an artist and researcher who interrogates the intersection of capitalism and our everyday needs. Her undercover podcast project ASSET ARREST features in Radical Intimacy’s chapter on housing as Sophie reflects upon a viewing of a luxury property development in London that she and Laura attended, posing as potential buyers. Laura recently completed a PhD at Northumbria University titled Ungating Community: Opening the enclosures of financialized housing. Other recent projects include Museum of Modern Shopping – a para-museum for exploring issues relating to the architecture of consumption.
About the book:
Capitalist ideology wants us to believe that there is an optimal way to live. ‘Making connections’ means networking for work. Our emotional needs are to be fulfilled by a single romantic partner, and self-care equates to taking personal responsibility for our suffering. We must be productive and heterosexual, we must have babies and buy a house. But the kicker is most people cannot and do not want to achieve all, or any of these life goals. Instead we are left feeling atomised, exhausted and disempowered.
Radical Intimacy shows that it doesn’t need to be this way. A punchy and impassioned account of inspiring ideas about alternative ways to live, Sophie K Rosa demands we use our radical imagination to discover a new form of intimacy and to transform our personal lives and in turn society as a whole.
Including critiques of the ‘wellness’ industry that ignores rising poverty rates, the mental health crisis and racist and misogynist state violence; transcending love and sex under capitalism to move towards feminist, decolonial and queer thinking; asking whether we should abolish the family; interrogating the framing of ageing and death and much more, Radical Intimacy is the compassionate antidote to a callous society.
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