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Jessica Valenti is a columnist for The Guardian US and the author of numerous books including the national bestseller Full Frontal Feminism. In 2004 she founded the award-winning which Columbia Journalism review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues visa mer in mainstream media." Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Ms. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. visa färre

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File this under "Hard to Read." I've experienced sexism for sure, but the level of objectification Valenti described was shocking to me. In the end, I was left thinking about how it's so important to name misogyny even when it's relatively minor. All of these instances add up. They create a culture of misogyny. How else could an unrepentant misogynist be elected to the nation's highest office? A lot of men *and* women who don't see the harm in treating women like nothing more than sex objects.
LibrarianDest | 13 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
How refreshing to see a book-length defense of the idea that choosing virginity is not a morally superior position - just one choice of many.
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LizzK | 27 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2023 |
My biggest problem with this book is that a lot of the essays don't really push into the visions promised by the title - they're to a large extent descriptions of what the authors have experienced. This is obviously valuable, but I guess I expected a bit more given the title and the wide availability of many different people's experiences on the internet that this to a certain extent replicates. Also, only a few essays linked the problems described to causes past a nebulous "culture" and to things like capitalism. This isn't to say the book is bad. The vast majority of essays are good and a couple are great. I think this would be an excellent introduction to the topic and I do think it's worth a read - some of the stuff here made me think more even though I've been engaging with these ideas for a while.

I'll mention one of the early essays though that stood out as particularly bad. It talks about women in jobs where they're treated pretty much as sexual objects. Yet it didn't mention the economic conditions that force them there and even though it quoted a model who talked about the ways in which her job was "empowering" - or at least less degrading than assumed - it didn't engage at all. Her final conclusion, as a self described "young professional in New York", was that all these people should quit their jobs. Incredible.

The stand out essay of the collection is "The Not Rape Epidemic" by Latoya Peterson. I read it on the internet before I found the book and it's an absolutely harrowing, deeply affecting essay that actually made me sit up and take note of how incredibly fucked up our rape culture is. I was numb for several hours. I recommend reading it if you can deal with it. It's incredible.
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tombomp | 11 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
I don’t know what it is, but this just feels sort of incomplete to me. There was a lot of good stuff here, but I think that’s what made her moving on too quickly from topics more obvious. The ideas are promising. Their vessel needs to be fleshed out.
beckyrenner | 13 andra recensioner | Aug 3, 2023 |



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