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A good place to start,
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This review is from: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters (Paperback)
I really like Valenti, she writes in a chatty, informal way that makes you feel like she's having a passionate conversation with you, rather than you're reading a lecture. I've purchased two of her other books and really enjoyed them. She brings a fresh and enjoyable take to feminism and I think this book is a great place for anyone (especially young women) to start if they are interested in feminism - and they really should be. The only thing that I dislike is her use of swear words, I think that the language prevents this from being a great book to give to intelligent 11-14 year olds. But that's personal choice, I suppose.
I bought the updated version - the one with the white brick wall with black an purple writing on. Aside from preferring this cover, this edition includes a new foreword and some editing to make it more trans* inclusive. I recommend buying this version of the book.
It's easy to read, informative without being overloading and too academic. It points out things that we just accept and she offers up realistic ways to combat problems and try to change your views and make a difference.
Valenti takes the "sex positive" view of many things, some of which directly go against what my favourite feminist author - Ariel Levy says in "Female Chauvinist Pigs" (which I also recommend), however this view seems to be very dominant in the feminist community at the moment so it's not really a surprise.
I gave her only four stars because of a few reasons:
1. There is still a lack of trans* and LGB inclusion, although she's clearly trying.
2. The mainstream feminist view on sex is tiring and she doesn't seem to truly look at why she disagrees with Levy's stance - which I would really like to have read.
3. The swearing is just a little too heavy and I find it brings the tone down a little and could put some people off.
The only other issue I have with this book (and her other books) is the aversion she (or her publisher) seems to have with the books being published in the typical and standard size of books. This book is a little larger than a standard book, and is the size of "The Purity Myth", whereas the "He's a stud and she's a slut" is smaller. I understand it's a petty thing to find frustrating, but my books shelves only just fit standard size books, so this doesn't fit. However, it's a minor issue; but one I'd love for her to change.