"Sharp and prescient ... The appeal of Valenti?s memoir lies in her ability to trace objectification through her own life, and to trace what was for a long time her own obliviousness to it... Sex Object is an antidote to the fun and flirty feminism of selfies and self-help." New Republic
Hailed by the Washington Post as "one of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation", Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a memoir thatPublishers Weekly calls "bold and unflinching", Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women's lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti's adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.
In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, Sex Object is a profoundly moving tour de force that is bound to shock those already familiar with Valenti's work, and enthrall those who are just finding it.
"[Valenti's] memories are relatable and raise important questions about how society treats and views women." (Bustle)
"One of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation." (Washington Post)
"An entertaining and shocking memoir from a leading feminist writer." (Booklist)
"Jessica Valenti is widely known as a feminist leader- with this stunningly brave and often funny memoir, we get a chance to know her as a human being. This is an incredibly powerful book. I can't recommend it loudly enough." (Jill Soloway, writer, producer, creator of the Emmy-winning show Transparent)
"Powerful.. more than the sum of its parts... a bold and unflinching road map of Valenti's journey to become the woman she is." (Publishers Weekly)
"Adrienne Rich wrote, 'When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.' In Sex Object, Jessica Valenti tells her truth with stunning vulnerability and courage, defying easy answers and daring us to look away. You won't forget it." (Irin Carmon, New York Times bestselling author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
"A powerful literary memoir that expertly makes the case for feminism today." (Harper's Bazaar)
"Jessica Valenti's powerful personal story offers unique perspective on how sexism and patriarchy manifest themselves in the daily lives of American women. Sex Object is a necessary read for women and men alike." (Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent, MTV News)