Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential. Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valentis adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation. In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, this literary memoir is sure to shock those already familiar with Valentis work and enthrall those who are just finding it....
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Sex Object Reviews
3.5. Expect to be smacked in the face with the content. It's a tiny book and she's not really being gentle. I noticed that my immediate reaction to her series of anecdotes of her experiences with men (known and random) since she was a teenager was of shock and I found myself falling into the trap of "this can't be real" (yay privilege check). Took me a minute and I realized it was actually, very, VERY real and has happened to me and almost all the women I know. I think having it all laid down to ...more
"They called it an emergency c-section but still found the time to shave my vagina."
snazzy cover ✔
catchy title ✔
1.99 ebook deal ✔
The positives end here. Valenti tries WAY too hard to create shock value when it makes no sense and is not necessary. I'm not a fan.
I've really enjoyed Jessica Valenti's work over the years and was excited to check out her memoir. I was surprised by how uncomfortable and raw it is, but it's also fascinating!
If there's an underlying thread, I think it would be that Valenti, like most women, has been objectified her entire life, with a staggering number of disgusting anecdotes to drive home the point. The pervy stories in the book started to feel excessive, until I stopped to consider how every woman could come up with just as ...more
Sex Object is a powerful memoir, worth reading/listening to.
Early on, Valenti lets us know that this is not an inspirational, motivational, "here's the silver lining" kind of book, that, apparently, women, feminists, in particular, are expected to bestow, otherwise, they're just "whiny" and/or "victims" and we can't possibly have that, can we? Valenti dared to be different, and just tell her story, in the form of essays. I liked that.
I personally related to some aspects discussed in the book, an ...more
Jessica Valenti makes no excuses for the language she uses or for the principles in which she believes. From the stories she tells about her childhood and the years beyond, she's been dealing with chauvinism and men who are pigs for decades. She is not alone. I could absolutely relate to some, although not all, of her essays.
As a grandmother, I don't spend much time thinking about the times I've been groped or had men expose themselves to me. But it has happened multiple times. Listening to the ...more
I listened to this book in audio format and enjoyed hearing it from the authors own voice. That said, I didn't love this book. It was fine, it was good, but I felt like it could have been more. I didn't realize at first this was memoir more than a book about women being objectified when I first started it. I would have preferred the latter so it isn't the fault of the book or author that I didn't like it as much as I thought I would going in.
I found the sections to be disjointed. Jessica would ...more
I hate when people rate books before they have even come out, but to the guy who rated it one star: fuck you.
This book has some good things to say about the horrible ways some men treat women and how women don't feel they have the right to stand up for themselves. Other than that, it's not really a coherent narrative and I didn't really get her point in the end.