Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes
by Anne Elizabeth Moore
"Books We're Excited About in 2017" (Chicago Tribune)
"Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2017" (Chicago Reader)
Every day, heinous acts are perpetrated on women's bodies in this political economy—whether for entertainment, in the guise of medicine, or due to the conditions of labor that propel consumerism. In Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the global toll of capitalism on women with thorough research and surprising humor. The essays range from probing journalistic investigations, such as Moore’s reporting on the labor conditions of the Cambodian garment industry, to the uncomfortably personal, as when Moore, who suffers from several autoimmune disorders, examines her experiences seeking care and community in the increasingly complicated (and problematic) American healthcare system. Featuring illustrations by Xander Marro, Body Horror is a fascinating and revealing portrait of the gore of contemporary American culture and politics.
PRAISE FOR BODY HORROR:
"Probing her own experiences with disease and health care, Anne Elizabeth Moore offers scalpel-sharp insight into the ways women's bodies are subject to unspeakable horrors under capitalism."
"Sharp, shocking, and darkly funny, the essays in [Body Horror] ... expose the twisted logic at the core of Western capitalism and our stunted understanding of both its violence and the illnesses it breeds ... Brainy and historically informed, this collection is less a rallying cry or a bitter diatribe than a series of irreverent and ruthlessly accurate jabs at a culture that is slowly devouring us."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"By turns tender, insightful, and sharp as a scalpel, [the essays in Body Horror] are unforgettable […] Moore weaves light and dark together effortlessly, always conscious that every privilege bestowed by capitalism casts a shadow on someone else. Body Horror is an incredible, touching, intelligent collection that looks beyond what’s comfortable to examine what is true.
"Anne Elizabeth Moore is the feminist killjoy I want at every party —armed and ready to calmly, often humorously, eviscerate any casual misogyny in the room. Compiling her years of experience as a journalist, this collection showcases Moore's staggering body of knowledge. At the core of several of these essays is Moore’s own body and its betrayals in the form of autoimmune disorders and her newly accepted label of disability. Admirably, Moore never lingers too long on her own experience, but instead uses it to reach to different corners of the globe and different eras in American history to diagnose the malignancy of misogyny on bodies beyond her own. Perhaps because of Moore's multiple analyses of various horror films, Body Horror seems to remind readers of the iconic line, "The call is coming from inside the house." Anne Elizabeth Moore is masterful at illustrating how the ills of capitalism have become so insidious that they are now coming from inside — our houses, our heads, our very cells.
—Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First
"As the subtitle promises, this essay collection by award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore tackles heavy, complicated issues with biting humor and aplomb, dissecting the ways patriarchal capitalistic trauma plays out on women’s bodies and health, both mental and physical. From her keen observations on the 2014/2015 Cambodian garment workers' mass strike and its resulting massacre to her vulnerable, often hilarious insights on the maze of current American healthcare and her own varied ailments, Moore writes with spark and verve."
— Lydia Melby, Texas Book Festival
"At turns chummy, cerebral, and incendiary, Body Horror holds no punches. This motley crew of essays form an astute and uproarious exploration of the insidious misogyny and ableism bred into contemporary culture. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might even rage-vomit. A winner."
—Katharine Solheim, Unabridged Bookstore
PRAISE FOR ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE:
"A scholarly, holistic look at the global garment industry, one of the largest employers of women on earth. Describing the environmental, social, economic and personal costs of fast fashion in a style cool as gin, Threadbare is both a damning indictment and a stellar example of comics journalism."
—Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
“Anne Elizabeth Moore lets readers peer over her shoulder as she attempts the implausible. It turns out, the implausible is hard, and funny, and tragic, and illuminating, but once you sign up for the journey she never lets you look away. After reading what this woman accomplished in a few months, you might ask yourself some hard questions about how you spent last summer...”
—Glynn Washington, NPR’s Snap Judgment
"[New Girl Law is a] post-Empirical, proto-fourth-wave-feminist memoir-cum-academic abstract [that] makes our country’s Mommy Wars look like child’s play—and proves … why we should be paying attention to Cambodia’s record of human rights and gender equity.”
ABOUT ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE:
Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of Unmarketable, Cambodian Grrrl, and Threadbare, former editor and co-publisher of the now-defunct Punk Planet, the founding editor of Best American Comics, a Fulbright scholar, and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. In 2016, she was awarded the third Write A House permanent fellowship and currently resides in Detroit.
Publication Date: March 2017