Jessica Valenti

US feminist author and blogger

Jessica Valenti (/vəˈlɛnti/; born November 1, 1978) is an American feminist writer. She was the co-founder of the blog Feministing, which she wrote for from 2004 to 2011. Valenti is the author of five books: Full Frontal Feminism (2007), He's a Stud, She's a Slut (2008), The Purity Myth (2009), Why Have Kids? (2012), and Sex Object: A Memoir (2016). She also co-edited the books Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape (2008), and Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World (2020). Between 2014 and 2018, Valenti was a columnist for The Guardian. She currently runs the Abortion, Every Day] newsletter on Substack. The Washington Post described her as "one of the most successful and visible feminists of her generation


  • When you find out that you're the best at something, normally it makes sense to feel happy. I'm not sure that reaction applies, though, when what you're top at is being hated.
  • This is especially true for women of colour and trans women: we are losing out on talented writers who are part of marginalised communities because they don’t want to pursue a career where harassment is considered an expected part of the gig
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