Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape

Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape is a call to arms, offering a collection of insightful essays that turns the old standard, “no means no,” on its head. Edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti, the book showcases the voices of women and men of all backgrounds, such asContinue reading “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape”

Black Like Me

In 1959, John Howard Griffin (a white journalist) developed and participated in a controversial experiment.  Curious to learn what life was like for black people in the South, he darkened his skin with medication and dye, then headed on a six-week-long journey through the south.  Black Like Me is an autobiographical account of Griffin’s experiences. Continue reading “Black Like Me”

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

What does feminism mean to the modern American woman?  In Girldrive, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein take readers on a road trip across the United States  in search of the answer to that question.  The book is comprised of journal entries, Bernstein’s beautiful photographs, and excerpts from the interviews that Aronowitz and BernsteinContinue reading “Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism”

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

On page 64 of Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks writes, “[A]ny theory that cannot be shared in everyday conversation cannot be used to educate the public.”  Indeed, hooks is a woman who practices what she preaches.  One of the things that has always struck me about her work is its accessibility; the essays in TeachingContinue reading “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom”