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Believe Me

How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Jaclyn Friedman Jessica Valenti



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Seal Press
31 March 2020
From two leading, agenda-setting feminist editors, BELIEVE ME brings readers into the current landscape of the anti-sexual violence movement--and outlines how believing women is the critical foundation for future progress.

Essays include Jessica Valenti writing about how a woman's word has never been enough in our country, giving context to the question of why we don't believe women. Jaclyn Friedman draws that idea out further, articulating why it matters that women are believed about sexual violence - because doing so finally grants us bodily sovereignty, impacting whether we can be trusted about pain, about pleasure, about reproduction and beyond. Other top-tier contributors touch on: how race and class impact which kinds of women are believed; the ways that women's behaviour (what they wear, what they were drinking) trumps their testimony and words; how believing white women has harmed communities of colour; visions of masculinity that aren't dependent on undermining women.

Part taking stock of recent feminist movements, part visions for a way forward, BELIEVE ME has the potential to spark real change and to appeal to the countless men and women who have been engaging with #metoo and looking to feminist leadership for next steps.
By:   Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti
Imprint:   Seal Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781580058797
ISBN 10:   1580058795
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   31 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jaclyn Friedman's work has redefined the concept of healthy sexuality and popularised the yes means yes standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many U.S. campuses. She is a popular speaker and opinion writer and the author of three books. Friedman hosts Unscrewed, a podcast exploring paths to sexual liberation, named a Best Sex Podcast by both Marie Claire and Esquire. Jessica Valenti is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture. Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com. Her writing has appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nation, and Ms. magazine. She is currently a columnist at the Guardian US. Jessica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Reviews for Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Believe Me is a book that lives up to its title. Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman have brought together writers, legal experts, actors, advocates, and more, creating both a call to action and a roadmap for a better future -- the future women deserve. It's hard to imagine a more powerful and timely portrait of the moment we're in, and where I hope we're headed. --Cecile Richards, co-founder of Supermajority and former president of Planned Parenthood In this urgent essay collection, feminist activists Valenti and Friedman bring together a diverse range of contributors to make the case for 'a simple but radical trust in women' ... Consistently well-written and soundly reasoned, these essays persuasively cast the tendency to doubt women as one of America's greatest social ills ... an illuminating call to action. --Publishers Weekly

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