Book Reviews

I've been reading more lately. Here are my reviews of books, in short. Everything you could ask for from a "Goodreads"

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-first Century by Amia Srinivasan

A collection of essays exploring difficult contemporary questions regarding sex and feminism, named after its titular essay, which originally asked the question, regarding incels, does anyone have a right to sex? The answer is no, but along the way, Srinivasan politicizes desire, pointing out that whom and what we desire is not an apolitical question.

Srinivasan is a fierce critic of liberal, individualist feminism, and brings a more class-based, Marxist-feminist approach to sexual politics.

Jaron Lanier "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now"

A bit kooky, but I agree with the arguments. Reads kind of like RMS's blog. In some ways, he feels like an "insider's outsider", like Thomas Piketty or

Nadia Eghbal "Working in Public"

An insightful and thorough investigation into open source. I don't agree with all her conclusions: she seems bound within the existing structural framework of Big Tech -- as one would expect from a member of the Ford Foundation. But overall it was a good read, and inspired me to think about my relationship with open source.