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Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World


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What would happen if we believed women? A groundbreaking anthology offers a potent rallying cry and theory of change

Harvey Weinstein. Brett Kavanaugh. Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump. The most infamous abusers in modern American history are being outed as women speak up to publicly expose behavior that was previously only whispered about — and it's both making an impact, and sparking a backlash. From the leading, agenda-setting feminist editors of Yes Means Yes, Believe Me brings readers into the evolving landscape of the movement against sexual violence, and outlines how trusting women is the critical foundation for future progress.

In Believe Me, contributors ask and answer the crucial question: What would happen if we didn't just believe women, but acted as though they matter? If we take women's experiences of online harassment seriously, it will transform the internet. If we listen to and center survivors, we could revolutionize our systems of justice. If we believe Black women when they talk about pain, we will save countless lives.

With contributions from many of the most important voices in feminism today, Believe Me is an essential roadmap for the #MeToo era and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580058797
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 303,044
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jessica Valenti is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture. Jessica is also the founder of Her writing has appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nation, and Ms. magazine. She is currently a columnist at the Guardian US. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Jaclyn Friedman's work has redefined the concept of "healthy sexuality" and popularized the "yes means yes" standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many U.S. campuses. She is a popular speaker and opinion writer and the author of three books. Friedman hosts Unscrewed, a podcast exploring paths to sexual liberation, named a Best Sex Podcast by both Marie Claire and Esquire.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Our Word Alone Jessica Valenti 1

How Bertha Pappenheim Cured Herself Moira Donegan 7

Gossip Is an English Word 500+ Years of #MeToo in Indian Country Sarah Deer Bonnie Clairmont 15

The Room Where It Happened Dahlia Lithwick 25

Listening Will Never Be Enough Katherine Cross 35

He's Unmarked, She's Marked Julia Serano 51

"Believe Me" Means Believing That Black Women Are People Soraya Nadia McDonald 64

We Belong Everywhere Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley 77

Nowhere Left to Go: Misogyny and Belief on the Left Sady Doyle 83

Constructing the Future: The Believe Me Internet Soraya Chemaly 93

Yeah, You Like That, Don't You? The Unnecessary Pleasures of Sexual Labor Tina Horn 111

Can BDSM Save Us? Centering Enthusiastic Consent in Queer Worlds Sassafras Lowrey 124

Clocked Matt Lubchansky 133

Do Not Pet Anuradha Bhagwati 135

The Power of Survivor-Defined Justice Stacy Malone, ESQ. 150

Before #MeToo: Black Women in the Anti-Rape Movement in Washington, DC, in the 1970s Loretta J. Ross 162

Believe You, Como Eres Andrea L. Pino-Silva 177

Reproductive Justice: Sacred Work, Sacred Journey Cherisse Scott 187

The Spark to Change Tahir Duckett 197

She Can't Breathe Jamil Smith 209

Taking the Employer High Road to Address Sexual Harassment Mónica Ramírez 218

Big Little Lies Samantha Irby 232

Innocent in the Face: A Conversation with Tatiana Maslany Jaclyn Friedman 240

When Gender Is Weaponized, Peace Depends on Believing Survivors Yifat Susskind Yanar Mohammed 255

Silenced and Doubted: How the US Immigration System Fails Central American Women Anna-Catherine Brigida 267

Survivorship Is Leadership: Building a Future for New Possibilities and Power Sabrina Hersi Issa 278

Survivor Love Letter Tani Ikeda 291

The Cost of Disbelieving Jaclyn Friedman 299

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