Radical Intimacy (Paperback)
‘A clarion voice from a new generation of British feminists’ Sophie Lewis, author of Abolish the Family
‘A powerful, utterly engaging read and a vital call to action’ Meg-John Barker, author of Rewriting the Rules
‘Made me reconsider so many of the cultural scripts I’ve been fed my whole life. Unsparing, important and hopeful’ Annie Lord, author of Notes on Heartbreak
In a world where money rules, what does it mean to have good relationships?
Radical Intimacy explores how the capitalist system shapes our intimate lives, and what we can do about it. Through the topics of self-care, romance and sex, family, home, death and friendship, the book looks at the histories and modern realities of these forms of intimacy, and considers what it might mean for things to be otherwise.
From political sex scandals to climate justice, from Britney Spears to communes, from Black Lives Matter to alternatives to the nuclear family, Sophie K. Rosa interrogates common sense ideas about ‘the good life’. What might our desires look like in a better world? And how can care, connection and community support our struggles for liberation?
Sophie K. Rosa is a writer and journalist. She has written for many publications including Novara Media, the Independent, the Guardian, Buzzfeed, VICE, Al Jazeera, Aeon and CNN.
About the Author
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.
'This was my most eagerly awaited book of the year and it does not disappoint. 'Radical Intimacy' is a powerful, utterly engaging read and a strong call to action. Sophie K Rosa analyses how current conditions restrict our capacity for caring relationships with ourselves and others, and how these conditions can be implicated in so many forms of intimate violence, injustice, and loss. A must-read.'
Meg-John Barker, author of Rewriting the Rules
'In Radical Intimacy, Rosa proposes radical answers for people longing for real intimacy, just as she proposes the need to center all forms of intimacy as radical praxis. We are invited to look for the possibilities of abundant postcapitalist relating right now, and how they might nurture us in overcoming the systems which trap us in scarcity. It's great. Please read it!'
Justin Hancock, Sex and Relationships educator
'A clarion voice from a new generation of British feminists accessibly expanding family-abolitionist thought and praxis into new spheres in response to a swingeing care crisis... I was gripped.'
Sophie Lewis, author of Abolish The Family
'Explores Black and Indigenous feminist and queer revolutionary approaches to relating helps unshackle the mind from capitalist and colonial kinship, friendship, and romance. In order to change the world, one must first change the story of the world that is possible.'
Kim TallBear, professor at University of Alberta, Canada
'Made me reconsider so many of the cultural scripts I've been fed my whole life. Unsparing, important and hopeful.'
Annie Lord, author of Notes on Heartbreak
‘Sophie K. Rosa challenges us to rethink, reimagine, resist and redefine intimacy according to our own standards instead of those force-fed to us via the white supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy. Consider this the next read in your study group.’
‘Radical Intimacy scrutinises the reality of love and intimacy ... it also paints a moving alternative of what a different reality can offer. The call to action is strong; she is asking, with compassion and conviction, for collective liberation and for a revolution’
‘In a world wracked by successive economic and social crises, Sophie K Rosa offers us an alternative; she demands we imagine and create a better world through love … Radical Intimacy is an introduction to a utopian worldview that has compassion at its heart’
Adele Walton, ‘DAZED’
‘Implores us to transcend our unfair social structures to instead compassionately reconnect with one another'
Katie Goh, ‘i-D’
‘Sophie K Rosa's polemic interrogates what it means to love and make connections under capitalism’
‘Rosa's groundbreaking manifesto invites us into a politically emancipatory conceptualisation of intimacy beyond capitalism and heteronormativity’
‘A punchy and impassioned account of inspiring ideas about alternative ways to live … Radical Intimacy is the compassionate antidote to a callous society’
‘Excellent ... Instead of resigning ourselves to a lonely life in a New Gilded Age, Radical Intimacy points towards the long and difficult path to a kinder, better future’
‘Los Angeles Review of Books’