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Jessica Valenti

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Schofield Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Topic  >  Purity, Sexism and Activism


Jessica Valenti — called one of the world’s Top 100 Inspiring Women by The Guardian — is the author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters (2007) and He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (2008). Her 2009 book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is the 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. Her most recent book is Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness (2012).

Valenti also founded the blog Feministing, which Columbia Journalism Review calls “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Salon and Ms. magazine. Recipient of a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing, she has appeared on The Colbert Report and the Today show, and was profiled in The New York Times Magazine under the headline “Fourth Wave Feminism.” 

Valenti’s writing for The Nation earned her a nomination for a 2013 Online Journalism Award (Online Commentary, Medium), sponsored by the Online News Association and its academic partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami. The OJA honors excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.

Valenti received her master’s degree in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University.




$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission

A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception for this event will take place in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center 330. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore for signing by the speaker during the reception.

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.

The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.