jessica valenti

Apr 24

“If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.” — From my latest at the Guardian, When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists

“If someone can be kicked out of school for copying a paper, a person should be kicked out of school for raping another human being.” — Wagatwe Wanjuki, UVM Dismantling Rape Culture Conference 2014  (via thewastedgeneration)

(Source: byebyethinspo, via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

Apr 23

[T]he “confidence gap” is not a personal defect as much as it is a reflection of a culture that gives women no reason to feel self-assured.

In girlhood, starkly-divided toy aisles teach us that engineering, electronics and science toys are for boys, that the futures for which we should be preparing are those of the Barbie Dream House variety. Adolescent girls - especially girls of color - are given less teacher attention in the classroom than their male peers. A full 56% of female students report being sexually harassed. Sexual assault on college campuses is rampant and goes largely unpunished, women can barely walk down the street without fear of harassment, and we make up the majority of American adults in poverty.

The truth is, if you’re not insecure, you’re not paying attention. Women’s lack of confidence could actually just be a keen understanding of just how little American society values them.

” — From my first piece at the Guardian, The female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham

Apr 18

I finally found a gif that perfectly captures my end-of-the-day battle with the Internet. 

I finally found a gif that perfectly captures my end-of-the-day battle with the Internet. 

Apr 13

I made ricotta!

I made ricotta!