Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is the author of three books, including The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, which was recently made into a documentary. She is editor of the award-winning anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review calls “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Jessica was the recipient of the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize and was called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:31pm
Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction
Yesterday, the FDA announced that it will make Plan B—also known as emergency contraception (EC) or the morning after pill—available over the counter to women older than 15 years old who can prove their age .
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Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 9:30am
Only 'Yes' Means Yes: What Steubenville's Rape Trial Reminds Us About Sexual Consent
If a woman doesn’t say “no” to sex—is that the same thing as saying “yes”? That’s the question at the center of the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial that began this week.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:03am
Why Are Women Angry? Because 'They Still Have to Protest This Shit'
On January 28, Jessica Valenti delivered a keynote address about anger, activism and reproductive rights to the staff and supporters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in Houston. Transcript: I’m honored to be in a room with such incredible activists and supporters of the wonderful work PP Gulf Coast does—so thank you for having me here. Given that there’s news on women’s reproductive rights every day (most often none of it good), when I was thinking about what to say today, I had a hard time narrowing it down.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:04pm
Justice For Savita
This week, the first American study ever to look at what happens to women when they're denied abortions was released.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 8:34am
Ending Rape Illiteracy
This week, a DC-based feminist group projected the phrase “rape is rape” onto the US Capitol building. The action was meant to highlight survivors’ stories and bring attention to the way rape is often mischaracterized. The sentiment may seem an obvious one—who doesn’t understand what rape is?—but the message, sadly, is much needed.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 2:54pm
What Would George Tiller Do?
Today is the third anniversary of Dr. George Tiller’s assassination . On May 31, 2009, Tiller was shot and killed by Scott Roeder while he served as an usher in his Wichita church. Tiller was one of the only abortion providers in the country to provide late-term abortions.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:46am
Who Cares About John Derbyshire?
After two days of outrage over John Derbyshire’s outrageously racist rant , National Review announced that it was “ parting ways “ with the writer. Rich Lowry wrote in a post this weekend that the piece was “nasty and indefensible” (interestingly, he didn’t call it racist) and that Derbyshire wouldn’t be writing for the publication anymore.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 12:44pm
The F-Card Won't Wash
The New York Post calls her "a feminist dream". National Public Radio asks if she's the "new face of feminism". And the Wall Street Journal, ever subtle, calls it "Sarah Palin Feminism". I call it well-spun garbage. (Yes, I'd even call it a pig in lipstick.) It seems you can't open a newspaper or turn on the television without running across a piece about how the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is not just a feminist, but the feminist - a sign that all is right in the US when it comes to gender equality.
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