Edelweiss #6/16|Book Review: Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti

Sex Object Book Cover Sex Object
Jessica Valenti
Feminist Memoir Social Science
Dey Street Books
June 7, 2016
Kindle Book
288

No longer maligned as a fascistic movement of man-haters or declared dead on national magazine covers, feminism is now the zeitgeist. Beyoncé calls herself a feminist in forty foot lights; democratic candidate Hillary Clinton stumps for women’s rights on the 2016 campaign trail; and a vibrant conversation is happening in real time across social media. “Gutsy young third wave feminist” (New York Times) and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation for over a decade and is widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. In Sex Object, Valenti focuses on funny, painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments from her own life that illuminate what it’s like to be a woman today. Structured in three acts to follow the arc of what a woman’s life is supposed to be focused on—Bodies, Boys, Babies—Sex Object explores drugs, sex, harassment, assault, bad boyfriends, too-nice boyfriends, abortions, birth, class anxiety, impostor syndrome, work, death threats, resistance, and family. Feminism is once again “having a moment" and Sex Object shockingly illuminates the contemporary female experience—and the woman who is helping to shape it.

reading time: Feb. 25 to March 25

My Thoughts

When I saw the cover of this book on the book list on Edelweiss it caught my eye and made me read the synopsis then I requested it. When my request was approved by the publisher I was really pleased as I  have never read any books with a feminist slant to them and I know I need to read more memoirs/biographies.

I had never heard of the author before so I had no expectations as to what to expect from her and I was really pleased. Valentine’s wiring was captivating and enlightening, she talked about her feelings about feminism and about how she has experienced the ways that women are treated in society. The book really made me sit up and think about how women are treated by society as well as the expectations that are placed on them.

When I read it I thoroughly enjoyed it and knew I would read it again as well as that I would without doubt pick up her other books. I will also recommend it to others as well as gift it to anyone I know who might enjoy it. It is for these reasons and the authors writing that made me give it a 5 star rating.


About the Author

Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is a columnist for the Guardian US and the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is also editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009.

Jessica founded Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. If any of you have read this book I would love to know what you thought of it.


If any of you out there have read this book I would love to hear your opinions on it.

Can any of you recommend which of her other books I should read next?