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Jessica Valenti

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Jessica Valenti is a columnist for the Guardian US and the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009.

Jessica founded Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian
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Jessica Valenti Hi Brian, thanks so much for the kind words - and a big thank you for using The Purity Myth in your class!

My new book, Sex Object, is out this June.…more
Hi Brian, thanks so much for the kind words - and a big thank you for using The Purity Myth in your class!

My new book, Sex Object, is out this June. It's a memoir about (obvs) objectification, and what it's like growing up in a sexist culture. At least, what it was like for me. I'm trying to explore how misogyny shapes us...it's a very different book than my other work which makes it both exciting and terrifying!

After this one comes out, nothing new on the horizon after that. Not immediately, anyway!(less)
Jessica Valenti Hi Trillian! Thrilled that you liked Why Have Kids!

I don't know that there are any feminist issues that are ready to be retired quite yet - even…more
Hi Trillian! Thrilled that you liked Why Have Kids!

I don't know that there are any feminist issues that are ready to be retired quite yet - even issues that we've made progress on are still worthy of conversation & debate. (And more progress!) I also don't know that there are "new" feminist issues as much as there are new modes of thought and action around existing issues.

That said, a newer feminist issue FOR ME is definitely how to parent while modeling my politics and values. I'm also thinking a lot lately about how anti-choice laws are being used to criminalize pregnant women who don't have successful birth outcomes (like women who are being arrested for stillbirths because of suspected drug use, for example). Hope that answers you a bit - and thanks again for the support!(less)
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""I started to ask myself: who would I be if I didn't live in a world that hated women? I've been unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, but I did realise that I've long been mourning this version of myself that never existed."

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“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

“Now, should we treat women as independent agents, responsible for themselves? Of course. But being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them.
Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

“The desirable virgin is sexy but not sexual. She's young, white, and skinny. She's a cheerleader, a babysitter; she's accessible and eager to please (remember those ethics of passivity!). She's never a woman of color. SHe's never a low-income girl or a fat girl. She's never disabled. "Virgin" is a designation for those who meet a certain standard of what women, especially young women, are supposed to look like. As for how these young women are supposed to act? A blank slate is best.”
Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

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Jessica Valenti Roisu wrote: "Hey Jessica,
I owe you a big thank-you. I never identified myself as a feminist until I read your book Full Frontal Feminism. When I read it, I was like HELL YEAH I'm a feminist! I made all my fri..."


Aw, thank you so much! I'm really flattered. :)


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