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By Jessica Valenti

Writer and mum or dad US columnist Jessica Valenti has been prime the nationwide dialog on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly humorous and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the on a daily basis to the existential.

Sex item explores the painful, humorous, embarrassing, and infrequently unlawful moments that formed Valenti’s early life and younger maturity in long island urban, revealing a far shakier internal existence than the convinced personality she has cultivated as probably the most recognizable feminists of her iteration.

In the culture of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, this literary memoir is certain to surprise these already accustomed to Valenti’s paintings and enthrall people who find themselves simply discovering it.

“Jessica Valenti is a breath of unpolluted air. She deals the type of uncooked honesty which may consider like a punch within the intestine, yet leaves you with the heat of a deep embrace.” – Ms. Magazine

“One of the main noticeable and winning feminists of her generation.” – Washington Post

“A gutsy younger 3rd wave feminist.” – the recent York occasions

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She was a virgin, brought up in Catholic school, and terrified of men—even my father, whom she had dated since she was twelve years old. Her tears that night set the stage for a relationship-long narrative between them: my father desperate for her love and she too scared of it. They were married for thirteen years before having children, my mother enduring miscarriage after miscarriage before her pregnancy with me finally took. So when she got pregnant with my sister when I was little over a year old, it was a surprise.

But either way it left me with the feeling that I should always try for more than I had been given, even if I felt unsure what to do once I got it. And so my father and my mother put money aside and sent me to a Kaplan course every week for months before the test was scheduled. I rode the subway to a midtown classroom where I would take practice tests and learn how to strategically skip questions, narrow down answers, and otherwise up my chances of getting in. My parents tell me that I didn’t sleep for weeks before the test, instead walking around the house in the middle of the night.

No pressure. EPIGRAPH I am what I am. To look for reasons is beside the point. —Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays CONTENTS DEDICATION EPIGRAPH CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART I Line Violence Candy Dish Beauties Stages Measurements Subways 1995 PART II The Yard Boys College Grilled Cheese Williamsburg D Anon. PART III Fakers Hands The Baby Ice Housewives Cherry Chocolate ENDNOTES (2008–2015) ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR CREDITS COPYRIGHT ABOUT THE PUBLISHER Guide Cover Contents Chapter 1 iii iv ix v 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 110 111 112 113 114 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 126 127 128 129 130 132 133 134 135 136 137 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 188 189 190 191 192 207 INTRODUCTION All women live in objectification the way fish live in water.

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