Yes Means Yes!

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Yes Means Yes!

Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape

By Jaclyn Friedman (Editor); Jessica Valenti (Editor); Margaret Cho (Foreword by)

Seal Press (CA), Paperback, 9781580052573, 361pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2008

In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and "Full Frontal Feminism" and "He's A Stud, She's A Slut" author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the No Means No modelan approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today.
"Yes Means Yes" will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. "Yes Means Yes" aims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media, "Yes Means Yes" is a powerful and revolutionary anthology.

About the Author

Jessica Valenti is the author of four previous books on feminism and politics, and editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. The founder of and a columnist for the Guardian US, her articles have topped the most-read lists at the Atlantic, the Washington Post, The Nation, and the Guardian US. She has also written for the New York Times, Salon, American Prospect, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, and The Toast. She lives inBrooklynwith her husband and daughter.

MARGARET CHO has won awards for both her comedy and her activism.

Praise For Yes Means Yes!

"Of all the arguments out there that propose how to end rape, embracing women’s sexual pleasure may not sound like a likely solution. But Yes Means Yes argues otherwise. By investigating the myriad ways the sexual choices of women can take shape, this anthology argues, not only should women know what they don’t want, but they also should seize their freedom to explore what they do want. By challenging blanket claims, like that all males are sexual aggressors, and taking the shame away from females who are bona fide sexual submissives, Yes Means Yes says the conscious decisions we make about sex in its many forms are the best medicine for the illness that is rape culture."
Bust Magazine

"Utopian novels have grappled with the idea of a world without rape, but what would the path to that world look like? The controversial essays that make up Yes Means Yes! light the way along this very rough road and, not surprisingly, offer no easy solutions…The authors in this collection speak with authority and, unfortunately for some, from personal experience."
Ms. Magazine