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Sex Object: A Memoir Paperback – February 28, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2016: Speaking up for women's issues with a bold and unflinching voice is nothing new for Jessica Valenti. Her new memoir, Sex Object, evokes this trademark approach, along with insights into her personal experience, in order to explain how sexism has shaped generations of women. Many times throughout this book I was wonderfully uncomfortable with the ideas and points Valenti puts forth--and then other times I found myself angry (at myself) when I saw unexpected parallels in my own life experience. Readers who haven’t experienced Valenti's writing before may be shocked by Sex Object--but not disappointed. --Penny Mann, The Amazon Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Yes, All Men (And Everyone Else) Need To Read ‘Sex Object’” (NPR)
“Powerful...incredibly readable... she wants to take us back to a place of telling stories.” (The Nation)
“This aching account of attempting to live, date and work while female is a brave admission of vulnerability.” (Washington Post)
“A bold undertaking… consciousness raising. Valenti is one of America’s best-known and often divisive feminists.” (The Guardian)
“Valenti writes in impressively honest detail.” (Salon)
“Valenti uses the personal to shed light on a universally female political problem. There is an awakening that happens as a woman reading this book.” (Bust Magazine)
“[Valenti’s] memories are relatable and raise important questions about how society treats and views women.” (Bustle)
“An entertaining and shocking memoir from a leading feminist writer.” (Booklist)
“Amazing...a profoundly raw and honest book.” (Ezra Klein, Vox)
“A powerful literary memoir that expertly makes the case for feminism today.” (Harper's Bazaar)
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Despite it sort of falling apart for me, I do think that this is the most important line I have ever read in a work of non-fiction:
"We know that direct violence causes trauma; we have shelters, counsellors, services. We know that children who live in violent neighborhoods are more likely to develop PTSD. Yet we still have no name for what happens to women living in a culture that hates them."
A valuable read, yes, but not the best structure
a feminist, and know my friends from over 40 years define themselves as such, we all seem to have too many secrets: of assault,
abuse, abortion, lousy decisions, lousy choices....the list can go on, being very very long for many if not most of us. What I find extraordinary about this memoir is Ms. Valenti openly writes about what so many of us feel compelled to keep secret. The truths of our lives - and our individual, complex, baffling ways of surviving as women, as sexual beings, in our culture - are pretty raw. And significant. And important. It's about time that there be no more secrets and that we all become as brave as the author.