Published by Dey Street Books on June 7, 2016
Genres: Adult, Adult Memoir
Source: YA Books Central
Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential.
Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.
In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, this literary memoir is sure to shock those already familiar with Valenti’s work and enthrall those who are just finding it.
Jessica Valenti can be problematic as a feminist, but her book The Purity Myth introduced me to other works of feminist criticism and was generally my gateway to feminism’s more academic form. There will always be a place in my heart for her and her works. Throughout her essays in Sex Object, Valenti embraces just how problematic she is in the form of exposing how she behaved in her teens and early twenties, how that conflicts with who she is now, and the way what she went through changed her. Read more »