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, 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.

When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Are Whisper Networks Justified?
The informal networks of women giving each other a heads-up have long been around. Jessica Valenti takes a look at what they mean in to…
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#MeToo Has Been Empowering, Yes, but Sexism Is Only Getting Worse

Don't let the progress distract you from the truth.

Is This Just the Way America Is Now?

Another week, another mass shooting. But our apathy is part of the problem.

Why Conservative Women Defend Sexist Men

What is there to gain from protecting misogynists? A lot, apparently.

Seriously, Why Do Conservatives Hate Birth Control?

Spoiler alert: It's not about women's health or safety.

What If We Just Believed Women?
One of the reasons Harvey Weinstein was able to allegedly prey on women for 30 years is that victims were afraid no one would hear them…
Women Should Be Able to Get Their Abortions Like They Get Their Sudafed: Over the Counter

As conservatives dismantle reproductive rights, pro-choicers need to get even bolder.

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The Eternal Uselessness of Ivanka Trump

The advisor to the president says she can't advise him. So what is she doing there?

Hillary Clinton Is More of a President Right Now Than Donald Trump Will Ever Be

We know: She lost, he won. But she's still proving to be the stronger leader.

Oh Look, Betsy DeVos Is Here to Protect Your Accused Rapist

Her office wants to undo the last eight years of progress on campus rape.

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A Call to Abolish Greek Life

It's a hotbed of racism and sexism—why do we still support it?

This Is Us: White Americans Can't Distance Themselves from Charlottesville

Pretending our country isn't racist gives cover to dangerous extremists.

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 some…
Why Trump Is So Afraid of Trans People

Here's the secret: He's not, but he's going to keep pretending he is.

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.

Dear Trump Family, You Are Not Victims

Our president has the thinnest skin in political history.

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."

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?

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.

Forcing Women to Have Babies They Don't Want Is Costing Them Their Lives

And Democrats, of all people, are starting not to care.

We're Missing the Point with Melania Trump

Whether or not FLOTUS hates her husband, she supports and enables everything he does.

Men Don't Get to Say We Don't Need Safe Spaces

At least not until they, too, constantly fear for their safety.