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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 Feministing.com which Columbia Journalism review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues mostrar mais 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. mostrar menos

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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 outras críticas | 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 | 12 outras críticas | Aug 3, 2023 |
The best thing about this collection of essays on the subject of rape was the variety of thoughts and opinions expressed on the topic of how to end rape and the rape culture that perpetuates it. But what really surprised me was the number of times I strongly disagreed on the opinions on how this could be achieved. Lots of great ideas were put forth, but in my humble male opinion,a number of them were just plain wrong.
kevinkevbo | 11 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2023 |
Excellent collection of essays explore the many spheres within women are disbelieved. In addition to the misogynist disbelief around sexual assault, domestic violence, rape, 26 diverse writers address how disbelief shapes our political and social structures in courts, media, military, international law, war, social-justice movement, work and much more. Reading level varies from high school to graduate student. Footnoted.
JesseTheK | 1 outra crítica | Mar 18, 2023 |



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