Stories by Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is a daily columnist for the Guardian US. She is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Feministing.com.  subscribe to Jessica Valenti's feed

Posted on: Sep 17, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Singling out female students for humiliation and discipline because of their sex is a blatant violation of federal law.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Asking a battered woman why she didn’t leave is just another way to pass judgment on her and excuse her abuser.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Women shouldn't feel like they have to explain themselves or justify their life decisions.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Survivors from California to New York say universities are failing students. But students are fighting back.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Survivors from California to New York say universities are failing students. But a once-in-a-generation moment might be upon us.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: The Guardian

You shouldn’t expect women to wear modern chastity belts or a real-life vagina dentata to be safe from sexual assault.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Queen Bey doesn’t just tell interviewers about her feminism: she references it in her work and promotes it to her fans.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2014, Source: The Guardian

The cost of a product that half of us need every month for 30 years is simply too much.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Bureaucrats violated this teenager's humanity.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Laughter is the best medicine, especially when it’s a guffaw redirected right in the face of sexists.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Programs to curb violence need to start way before young people get to college.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: The Guardian

A world in which women of childbearing age are considered 'pre-pregnant' is the stuff of nightmares.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2014, Source: The Guardian

An homage in a men's magazine to the 'carnal appeal' of 42-year-old women is no great feminist win.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: The Guardian

When 99% of the female population uses contraception, it's sad that we can't just come out and say that we use it for sex. And that we like the sex – a lot

Posted on: Jul 7, 2014, Source: The Guardian

What gives with women who love Hobby Lobby decision, question campus rape numbers and love the pay gap?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Reforming the outdated school calendar could do as much for families as flexible schedules and child care.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Obsession with female purity is between the lines of Supreme Court decision.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Protestors outside abortion clinics are not kindly "counselors." They are violent and aggressive.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Consent culture requires we take these cases seriously, no matter who the victim is.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Don't court controversy by whining about 'privileged' victims and then feign surprise at the backlash. Your time's up.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Romanticizing the creepy and potentially harassing efforts of a man obsessed with his ex sends a dangerous message to young men about what "romance" really is.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2014, Source: The Guardian

The ubiquitous slur is a warning to women to conform to narrow feminity standards or else.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Be sorry. Don't be sorry. Just don't do anything just because a shampoo company tells you to.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2014, Source: The Guardian

The 'most important job in the world' is still one that most men don't want—even when they have it.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Politicians need to address the epidemic of high school sexual assault, too.

Posted on: May 28, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Between social networks, easy majors and rich parents, the new student elite is destined for success before they hit their first kegger.

Posted on: May 25, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Attributing the deaths of six people and wounding of several others in Isla Vista to 'a madman' ignores a stark truth about our society.

Posted on: May 22, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Conservative commentators like AJ Delgado are deliberately confusing the issue.

Posted on: May 21, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Everyday school dress codes disproportionately target, shame, and punish girls – especially girls who are more developed than their peers.

Posted on: May 20, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Why it's totally normal for women to want sex toys.

Posted on: May 16, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Artist Sophia Wallace says that women can't fight for freedom from violence or reproductive justice without exposing taboos.

Posted on: May 14, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Mandating extra time for a pregnant woman to "consider" her options is beyond condescending — it's paternalistic.

Posted on: May 13, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Hint: Slut-shaming plus male-centric ideals equals less fun in bed.

Posted on: May 13, 2014, Source: The Guardian

But, Paris, at least we'll always have masturbation.

Posted on: May 9, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Author Roxane Gay on how it's hard to achieve political purity in your personal life.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Jessica Valenti: Southwest's faux apology was followed by the airline promoting new reduced fares called mini-skirt prices.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Jessica Valenti: Am I the only one who finds it interesting that both women that Southwest has harassed are well-endowed in the boobie department?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Jessica Valenti: What better way to find out what women want in a car then to dress in skirts, heels, and throw on some fake nails?

Posted on: Aug 20, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Jessica Valenti: Coursework for the program includes nutrition and meal preparation, textile design and classes on the "biblical model for the home and family."

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