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Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Starred Review. Activists and writers Friedman and Valenti (He's a Stud, She's a Slut) deliver an extraordinary essay compilation focusing on the struggle to stop rape in the U.S. and the importance of sexual identity and ownership. Early on, Thomas MacAulay Millar and Rachel Kramer Bussel explain how the "no means no" concept (sexual consent equals the absence of no) must be rejected in favor of a "yes means yes" mentality: the idea that consent means affirmative participation in the act itself, a broader definition that better protects women while encouraging power over-not fear of-personal sexual identity. Other topics include body image and self-esteem issues as well as incest, the dangers faced by female immigrants and the public perception of rape; in "Trial by Media," Samhita Mukhopadhyay looks at the Duke Lacrosse rape case and finds the media acting in the tradition of slavery by commodifying the young, female African-American body. Though surprisingly entertaining throughout, with no shortage of wit or humor, unexpected topics (Friedman on enjoying sex, transsexual writer Julia Serano on the mixed cultural messages that lead "nice guys" to sexual aggression) keep the book dynamic. Sure to empower and inform, this is an important and inspiring read for assault survivors, educators, activists, experts and those on a path to self discovery.
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"Utopian novels have grappled with the idea of a world without rape, but what would the path to that world look like? The controversial essays that make up Yes Means Yes! light the way along this very rough road and, not surprisingly, offer no easy solutions…The authors in this collection speak with authority and, unfortunately for some, from personal experience."
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Some reviewers found other essays more engaging than I did, which I believe is the strength of this book: that it has something to say to everyone who reads it, even if that "something" is different for every reader.
I see sexism everywhere now, its crazy how accepting I was of it before
reading this book and a few other such as Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman and Jessica Valenti's The Purity Myth.
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ THIS.
I bought this book because I wanted to sample the points of view of women who seek to reshape our "rape culture".
A few of these essays are just formulaic, Marxist, anti-male diatribes - a waste of paper and ink.
Most were truly insightful treatises from various, lesser-known lifestyles and experiences. They provide a mind-broadening perspective on the difference between how things are, and how things might be.
Thought provoking and (mostly) well worth your time.