Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Valenti’

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

This would be comical if not for the fact that these people have been teaching–or not teaching, more accurately–young Americans about sex. And then there are the assorted ridiculous sex-scare policy decisions–like the FDA holding up over-the-counter status for emergency contraception out of fear that it would make young women promiscuous or even lead to teens forming “sex-based cults.”

Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth, takes on The Virginity Movement over at The Nation.

3 Interviews for Tuesday

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

At Writers Digest, Robert Lee Brewer talks to Justin Marks about his first book, A Million in Prizes, which won the New Issues prize and which is out now.

One of the things a book is to me is in some ways a chart of a person’s development/growth as a writer during the time in which the book was written.

At Jezebel, Anna is talking to’s Jessica Valenti, whose new book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, came out just last month.

After all, how is it not focusing on young women’s sexuality by talking constantly about their virginity or bringing them to purity balls? If you are telling young women over and over that what’s most important is their virginity, that what makes them valuable is their chastity – then you’re sending the message that it’s the body and sexuality that defines who they are.

And Emily Nonko talks to Tao over at the Bomb magazine website.

The next two books are completely autobiographical. I just think about the most interesting parts of last two years. And then for the ending, I just ask: does it work?