Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape

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Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti
Seal Press, 2008 - Psychology - 361 pages
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In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman andFull Frontal Feminism andHe’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the “No Means No” model—an approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today.

Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape.Yes Means Yes aims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media,Yes Means Yes is a powerful and revolutionary anthology.

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An entertainingly edited collection of essays that are always educative, sometimes shocking,and sometimes gut-wrenchingly funny, all of which examine the possibility -- the desirability -- of moving away from a sexuality that is fundamentally transactional and predatory to one that is celebratory and shared.
This book will open your eyes to the dysfunctional dynamic implicit in our current-but-dying sexual norms. Read this book and become enlightened. Read this book and become a better lover.

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This is a wonderful anthology full of a wide range of essays. I liked some more than others, but overall it's a great book. Read full review


The Conservative Gender Norms
The Myth of Sexual Purity and How It Reinforces

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Jessica Valenti is the author of three previous books, including The Purity Myth: How America s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. She is also the founder of, which the Columbia Journalism Review called head and shoulders above almost any writing on women s issues in mainstream media. Jessica called one of the top 100 inspiring women in the world by the Guardian speaks at universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad about feminism, activism, and media. She lives with her family in Boston, but remains a New Yorker at heart.

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