Radical Intimacy, by Sophie K. Rosa
Capitalist ideology wants us to believe 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, have babies, and buy a house. But the kicker is most people cannot and do not want to achieve these goals. Instead, we are left feeling atomized, exhausted, and disempowered.
Radical Intimacy shows that it doesn't need to be this way. Including inspiring ideas for alternative ways to live, Sophie K Rosa demands we use our radical imagination to discover a new form of intimacy.
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 aging and death and much more, Radical Intimacy is the compassionate antidote to a callous society.