“The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women”
A Discussion with JESSICA VALENTI, Author & Feministing.com Founder/Editor
Portion of the proceeds donated to Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls
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“This book is solidly researched, candidly personal, and smartly
political. Valenti skewers sexism from abstinence campaigns to pop
culture. Every young woman should read The Purity Myth – and it sure
as hell would help if every young man read it as well!”
- Robin Morgan, Author and Activist
“It’s hard not to love Jessica Valenti. The Brooklyn-based founder of
Feministing.com–the uncompromising, balls-out, feminist blog–is
brilliant, beautiful, and not even 30 years old.”
When: TUES, FEB. 23rd
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Take the A,C,E to 42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West.
Cost: $7 students/pre-paid, $10 at door
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ABOUT JESSICA VALENTI:
Jessica Valenti is a feminist writer and blogger. She is the founder
and editor of the popular blog and online community, Feministing.com,
and the author of three books: 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. She is also
a co-editor of the anthology Yes Means 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 Nation, The Guardian (UK), The
American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon.com and Bitch magazine. She
received her Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers
University, where she is now a part-time lecturer. Jessica speaks at
universities and organizations across the country on feminism,
blogging, and politics. She lives in Sunnyside, Queens with her
husband and their very cute cat and dog.
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ABOUT “THE PURITY MYTH”:
The United States is obsessed with virginity from the media to schools
to government agencies. The Purity Myth is an important and timely
critique of about why this is so, and why it’s problematic for girls
and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica
Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman’s
worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness,
and altruism. Valenti takes on issues ranging from abstinence-only
education to pornography and exposes the legal and social punishments
that women who dare to have sex endure. Importantly, she also offers
solutions that pave the way for a future without a damaging emphasis
on virginity, including a call to rethink male sexuality and reframe
the idea of “losing it.” With Valenti’s usual balance of intelligence
and wit, The Purity Myth presents a powerful and revolutionary
argument that valuing girls and women for their sexuality needs to
stop–and outlines a new vision for how it can happen.
ABOUT WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS:
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring
program that empowers girls and women through music education and
activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity,
critical thinking, and collaboration.
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