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Jessica Valenti is the founder and editor of the popular blog and online community, Feministing.com.

She is the author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters, He's a Stud, She's a Slut...and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity is Hurting Young Women. In 2011, the Purity Myth was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation.

Jessica is also a co-editor of the anthology Yes Meas 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's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian (UK), Ms. Magazine, Bitch magazine and Sal
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Full Frontal Feminism
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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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