Sex Object: A Memoir

Sex Object: A Memoir

by Jessica Valenti


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New York Times Bestseller

“Sharp and prescient… The appeal of Valenti’s memoir lies in her ability to trace objectification through her own life, and to trace what was for a long time her own obliviousness to it…Sex Object is an antidote to the fun and flirty feminism of selfies and self-help.” – New Republic

Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation,” Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a memoir thatPublishers Weekly calls “bold and unflinching,” Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.

In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, Sex Object is a profoundly moving tour de force that is bound to shock those already familiar with Valenti’s work, and enthrall those who are just finding it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062435095
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 338,355
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JESSICA VALENTI is a columnist for The Guardian US where she writes about gender and politics. In 2004 she founded the award-winning, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.”? Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and Ms. She is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Full Frontal Feminism. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I

Line Violence 9

Candy Dish 17

Beauties 29

Stages 39

Measurements 47

Subways 57

1995 67

Part II

The Yard 77

Boys 87

College 95

Grilled Cheese 109

Williamsburg 115

D 125

Anon 131

Part III

Fakers 139

Hands 147

The Baby 155

Ice 163

Housewives 171

Cherry 179

Chocolate 187

Endnotes (2008-2015) 193

Acknowledgments 205

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