Pluto Press launches Outspoken series with sex ed and toxic masculinity titles

Pluto Press launches Outspoken series with sex ed and toxic masculinity titles

Radical indie Pluto Press is launching a new series of books for young people focusing on hot-button issues like sex education, toxic masculinity and feminism.

The Outspoken strand is described as “a series of punchy, passionate books, combining contemporary politics with personal stories”.

Aimed at readers aged from 17 to their early 20s and written by young authors, the series will be promoted at sixth form and university events, with the first two titles out this September.

It launches with Behind Closed Doors, arguing for a “radical, inclusive and honest” sex education and examining the inequality that bars sexual freedom. The book was written by journalist, film-maker and sex education teacher Natalie Fiennes.

The second launch title, Mask Off by poet JJ Bola, is pitched as “an urgent call to unravel masculinity and redefine it in our own terms”.

Further books on feminism and class will follow in March.

Series editor Neda Tehrani said: “Platforming young voices and challenging the idea that political content should be prescribed, the authors reveal how topics that matter to us and affect our experiences are part of transforming society together.”