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Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

February 11, 2009

Amazing YMY news – we’ve just received a starred review on Publishers Weekly! Check it out:

Yes Means Yes! : Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape
Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti. Seal, $15.95 (256p) ISBN 9781580052573
Activists and writers Friedman and Valenti (He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut) deliver an extraordinary essay compilation focusing on the struggle to stop rape in the U.S. and the importance of sexual identity and ownership. Early on, Thomas MacAulay Millar and Rachel Kramer Bussel explain how the “no means no” concept (sexual consent equals the absence of no) must be rejected in favor of a “yes means yes” mentality: the idea that consent means affirmative participation in the act itself, a broader definition that better protects women while encouraging power over—not fear of—personal sexual identity. Other topics include body image and self-esteem issues as well as incest, the dangers faced by female immigrants and the public perception of rape; in “Trial by Media,” Samhita Mukhopadhyay looks at the Duke Lacrosse rape case and finds the media acting in the tradition of slavery by commodifying the young, female African-American body. Though surprisingly entertaining throughout, with no shortage of wit or humor, unexpected topics (Friedman on enjoying sex, transsexual writer Julia Serano on the mixed cultural messages that lead “nice guys” to sexual aggression) keep the book dynamic. Sure to empower and inform, this is an important and inspiring read for assault survivors, educators, activists, experts and those on a path to self discovery. (Starred)

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It’s so hopeful to see that our message is crossing over into the mainstream. Thanks to EVERYONE who’s been supporting the book.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 'Ff'lo permalink
    February 12, 2009 1:46 pm

    Great news.

    I’m first of the 3 in line (so far) at the Ann Arbor Public Library, where the book’s still being processed. I like to think it was my request that got it ordered, but maybe they woulda anyway. 🙂

  2. February 16, 2009 6:34 am

    Congrats. Here’s our review to add to the mix.

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