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Summary

Includes an episode from the second season of Sara Pascoe's award-winning Sex Power Money podcast where Sara talks to Fern Champion.

The Sunday Times top 10 best seller

Why do some women still expect men to buy their dinner?

Why do some men feel depressed after masturbating?

What the hell is going on with porn?

Comedian Sara Pascoe explores the complex connections between sex, power and money. This audiobook is a thoughtful and entertaining journey through anatomy and arousal, dating and sex work, animals and technology, and Pascoe makes our most baffling human behaviours less mysterious. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Sara Pascoe (P)2019 Faber Audio

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"I’ve never read a book so fast and laughed so loudly while learning so much. Pascoe is a sage for our times." (Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist)

"Mind-blowing and VERY FUNNY." (Aisling Bea)

"An insightful, sensitive study of modern masculinity and sexual economics." (Observer)

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Ugh

If toxic feminism was a person, the author would be it. She makes a lot of baseless statements not backed up by any facts or research, and if they are it just seems that she comes to a conclusion in her mind first and THEN finds whatever anecdotal evidence she can to support it. It’s annoying hearing the author say “women don’t like (fill in the blank)” “Because I’ve never in my life liked (fill in the blank)” I thought one of the points of feminism is to let each woman have their own voice?? So why does the author feel the need to speak FOR other women?!

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F**king Great

Hopefully any woman would appreciate such an intelligent, articulate, person, furthering equal rights, in such an extraordinarily open minded, balanced way, while re-evaluating their personal biases.
Hopefully every good decent man, struggling with society's conflicting pressures, will take reassurance that some women are fighting for equality, not destruction or dominance or ridicule, while learning some ways they can overcome their personal blind spots.
Hopefully any arseholes will for some reason end up listening all the way through and re-evaluate their lives.

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hmm

I mean, it's better than most people views on sex work, but it buys into some harmful myths.

The tone is lighthearted occasionally funny, but also patronising and self indulgent. (I dont mind a patronising tone when 'punching upwards' but when the patronised party are other women - no thanks).

I was so surprised by the reference to Revolting Prostitutes (a brilliant book) at the end, because the kinds of mistakes made around things like the law, migration, and class, wouldn't have been made if she'd really read Revolting Prostitutes.

If you want a full, fair picture, read that instead. If you want a 'better than most but not perfect
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Very Interesting

Highly informative while being humourous. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did with the first one. I love that theories are explained or backed up by research but also it is noted when studies are not reliable or wholly relevant.
The suggested reading list is also really interesting to me and I always appreciate authors including them.

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A must listen

A powerful, considered and an immensely informative that also leaves space for the listener to decide.

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Disappointing, limited viewpoint

I sort of enjoyed it but found it really frustrating as doesn't really give the subject the full attention and detail it deserves. It tries to straddle the line between fact and opinion and so falls down the crack somewhere in between.

SP has done what a lot of people don't and challenge their viewpoint and indeed change it. Also talking to people that are part of the industries examined is a welcome change. But it feels like the journey isn't finished. I guess no-ones really is, but most people don't write a book about it.

I was put off by the fact than between interesting bits of science it frequently comes across as judgemental, emotive and moralising. It's also VERY heteronormative, cis-focussed, limited to a white Western perspective and occasionally ableist .

Women are frequently portrayed as victims with little agency. There are acknowledgments that women consume pornography but gives it little analysis. Fails entirely to address that women purchase sex work as well as provide.

Varrious studies are quoted that are dubious given sample sizes and methodology. This is acknowledged but the results still used for analysis. Same goes for statistics. A good proportion of the section about trends in pornography is based on stats that a professional analyst said were not suitable.

I also think SP gives men way too long a leash in much of the book and seems to consider biology a bigger influence than society or upbringing.

I know there isn't room to cover everything in a somewhat light-hearted book but that's my point. The subject deserves better if anyone reading is going to form a nuanced view.

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Stopped listening

I stopped listening after the comment regarding men not being able to control their (natural or biological?) reaction to seeing young teenage girls in short-shorts. The 'research' in the book is riddled with flimsy evolutionary psychology, that is presented as absolute fact or scientific data rather than educated speculation.
I enjoy the style of narration and the content covered is interesting, but this is not for me!

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Meh..

There were a few funny bits but in the main I, generally found this a bit repetitive and a struggle to finish.

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Not as good as Animal

Pascoe's first book felt varied, funny and broad. This follow-up never feels quite as vital, covering ,as it does, a lot of the same ground. It also ends very abruptly. The topics Pascoe covers are very important, but this one never quite grapples with them in as gripping away. The use of personal anecdotes, however, continues to bring much life, humour (and despair) to the telling.

Addressing the audiobook performance, this one has a second, male voice that comes in to deliver the same kind of rejoinders that were in the first book, but unlike there, where Pascoe delivered the second voice herself, it feels frequently annoying here.

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Very interesting is a bit man bashing

Funny and interesting. The only thing I didn’t like was the male narrator it was a bit offensive

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  • 14-09-19

Light, entertaining, and wittingly funny

An enjoyable, entertaining book. Nothing too serious, just light humor and frequently thought provoking. Nice narration and a fun listen.

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  • Joshua Studley
  • 03-02-21

Brilliant.

I read a review for this book that said it wasn’t too serious and that couldn’t be more false. Sara dives into everything concerning males, sex, porn and sex work. I learned quite a bit. While I come from a much different political stand point as Sara, I appreciate her depth of research and open mindedness to opposing views. It certainly makes me trust her work more. Great book Sara!