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review 2017-07-20 03:25
[REVIEW] Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Sex Object - Jessica Valenti
What it feels like to see a stranger smiling while rubbing himself or know that this is the price of doing business while female. That public spaces are not really public for you, but a series of surprise private moments that you can't prevent or erase. 
Pg. 65



This book is hard to rate. It was incredibly easy to read, but it also contains extremely uncomfortable subjects: date rape, sexual harassment, molestation, and many other issues.

Ms. Valenti tries to understand how she survives and functions in a world that is hell-bent on shaming her for existing, for having a body, for having an opinion and sharing it.

For the most part, the essays are uncomfortably honest and raw. They make you angry, they make you sad, they make you think what sort of experiences you've gone through that you've refused to talk about because you don't want to take space or make anyone uncomfortable. This book isn't uplifting. It's melancholic, detached but it makes you think.

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text 2017-07-19 21:12
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 205 pages.
Sex Object - Jessica Valenti

[...] because for a feminist, anger is forbidden.

 

JFC, this is so true and so infuriating to me.

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text 2017-07-19 19:13
Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 205 pages.
Sex Object - Jessica Valenti

Being treated nicely felt wrong somehow, as if we were acting out what a relationship should be rather than being in it. For men who hate women, an admission like this one is proof that see, women want a guy who treats them like shit but that's not true either. What is closer to the truth is that when confronted with the love you deserve, it is easier to mock it than accept it.

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text 2017-07-19 18:54
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 205 pages.
Sex Object - Jessica Valenti

This is super easy to read, even if it makes me uncomfortable at times.

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text 2017-07-19 04:39
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 205 pages.
Sex Object - Jessica Valenti

Naming what is happening to us, telling the truth about it--as ugly and uncomfortable as it can be--means that we want it to change.

 

Oh boy, I can tell this is going to be a difficult read for me.

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