In this groundbreaking look at rape, edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti, our commonly held beliefs about rape are dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Friedman, Valenti, and the outstanding writers they’ve brought together propose a new path to finally viewing women differently, and putting an end to rape.
“An illuminating and inspiring exploration of the relationship between valuing female sexual pleasure and putting an end to rape. This is a book that could change the world.” -Jean Kilbourne, author of Can’t Buy My Love, So Sexy So Soon, and the creator of the film series Killing Us Softly
“Yes Means Yes is a welcome and much needed resource to help all of us both value and respect female sexuality while eradicating a rape culture.” -Aishah Shahidah Simmons, producer/writer/director of NO! The Rape Documentary
“A fresh, vibrant collection that imagines a world without rape for ALL women – not just those who are white, middle-class, straight, thin and able-bodied.” -Carmen Van Kerckhove, founder of Racialicious.com
“Yes Means Yes reminds me why I came to call myself a feminist. It’s unapologetic, politically astute, and affirming of women and our sexualities. These gutsy writers analyze with passion their experiences of incest, racial stereotypes, and sex work, and they dare us to imagine a world where we’re safe and empowered.” - Daisy HernÃ¡ndez, coeditor of Colonize This! Women of Color on Today’s Feminism