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December 27th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Jessica Valenti (right, at a cafe in her Astoria neighborhood): 29, founder and executive editor of the blog Feministing, activist, author of Full Frontal Feminism.

On Girls Gone Wild:

“The way you deal with a phenomenon like that is to encourage women to be critical thinkers—ask her, ‘Why are you doing these things? Why does it make you feel powerful to get drunk and show your boobs?’ The myth of sexual purity is the real thing that is screwing up young women, not the fact that they are being sexual. Both Girls Gone Wild and abstinence-only [campaigns] are about dictating what young women should do. So no wonder why we are completely sexually confused. When you’re telling a woman that her moral compass is between her legs, that can really fuck her up.”

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rebecca // Feb 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Agreed.

    The problem with Girls Gone Wild isn’t necessarily the sexual content. It’s the motivation (or lack thereof) driving this behavior. Women have historically been told they must be chaste to be valued. Now they’re being told that only by being outrageously sexual can they be “liberated”.

    The only true path to so-called liberation is locating an authentic expression of oneself. And this is something no one seems to be encouraging.

    I’ll stop myself here, but I could go on forever about this topic…

  • 2 The Scott // Jan 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Challenging youth to wait until they are an adult is one thing. Scaring the heck out of them, and telling them a condom is a provision for sin is irresponsible. Did you know the Lovers in the Song of Solomon have sex in Chapter 2, but don’t get married until Chapter 3? The kind of ignorance Church leaders have about this sort of in-your-face premarital sex in the Bible has gone on too long. If you want to know more, go to my website. It’s cheaper than a Purity Ring and a lot more fun than abstinence.

    -The Scott

    http://www.NotAnotherGeneration.com

  • 3 Shelby // Sep 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love you Jessica Valenti! You are the best! You are my favorite author and blogger

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