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Revolution Books presents: Jessica Valenti,author of "The Purity Myth"

Date:
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Revolution Books
Email:
Phone:
(510)848-1196
Address:
2425 Channing Way(off of Telegraph Avenue)
Location Details:
Revolution Books 2425 Channing Way(in the Sather Gate Parking Mall off of Telegraph Avenue) Berkeley,CA 94704 .Wheelchair accessible.this event is free, donations appreciated: come early: limited seating.

Join Revolution Books in welcoming Jessica Valenti in a discussion of her book,"The Purity Myth". The United States is obsessed with virginity — from the media to schools to government agencies. In The Purity Myth Jessica Valenti argues that the country’s intense focus on chastity is damaging to young women. Through in-depth cultural and social analysis, Valenti reveals that powerful messaging on both extremes — ranging from abstinence curriculum to “Girls Gone Wild” infomercials — place a young woman’s worth entirely on her sexuality. Morals are therefore linked purely to sexual behavior, rather than values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. The Purity Myth sheds light on the value — and hypocrisy — around the notion that girls remain virgin until they’re married by putting into context the historical question of purity, modern abstinence-only education, pornography, and public punishments for those who dare to have sex. Jessica Valenti digs deep, exposing this intolerable situation! Jessica Valenti is the founder and Executive Editor of Feministing.com, and the author of Full Frontal Feminism and The Purity Myth. Her writing has appeared in many publications including The Guardian, and in 2007 she was named one of Elle magazine's 2007 IntELLEgentsia. She lives in Astoria, New York.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 10:01PM
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