Jessica Valenti

Contributing Editor

Jessica Valenti is a columnist and author of five books on feminism, politics, and culture. Her latest book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller. Valenti is also editor of the ground-breaking anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media." She has a Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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This Is Us: White Americans Can't Distance Themselves from Charlottesville
Pretending our country isn't racist gives cover to dangerous extremists.
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We Hold Sasha and Malia Obama to a Higher Standard Than the Trump Children, and It's Ridiculous
They all act like kids, but here's the thing, not all of them are.
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Why Do We Think Being "Matronly" Is a Bad Thing?
When we disparage something because we think it's for older women, what we're really saying is that older women themselves are not...
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Why Trump Is So Afraid of Trans People
Here's the secret: He's not, but he's going to keep pretending he is.
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This Is the Only Kind of Woman It's Okay to Be in Trump's America
Are you an Ivanka, a Sarah, a Melania, a Kellyanne? Or maybe you're the kind of woman the President is terrified of.
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Dear Trump Family, You Are Not Victims
Our president has the thinnest skin in political history.
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Trump Doesn't See Women As People, and That's Why This Keeps Happening—and Will Continue to Happen
His vile tweets about Mika Brzezinski this morning were just the latest evidence of his thinly veiled contempt.
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So We Can't Even Prosecute Our Rapists Now?
A 19-year-old North Carolina woman was shocked to learn that once you've said "yes" to sex, you apparently can't say "no."
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If Republicans Are Pro-Life, Why Don't They Care About My Child?
I want babies like my daughter to live and be healthy. What do Republicans want?
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Why Haven't Republicans Condemned Violent Political Rhetoric Until Now?
Yes, we should be talking about how language can incite violence—but only if both sides can face the truth.
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Forcing Women to Have Babies They Don't Want Is Costing Them Their Lives
And Democrats, of all people, are starting not to care.
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We're Missing the Point with Melania Trump
Whether or not FLOTUS hates her husband, she supports and enables everything he does.
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Men Don't Get to Say We Don't Need Safe Spaces
At least not until they, too, constantly fear for their safety.
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