Book Corner: “Sex Object: A Memoir”

Title: Sex Object: A Memoir
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
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Having reviewed ‘He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut’ and Why Have Kids?, I promised to review feminist author Jessica Valenti’s memoir. And, here we are! The title received some backlash after its initial publication, although I cannot quite understand why. Although provocative, many women are pulled into feminism after being on the receiving end of sexism that reduces them to sex objects. In my view, the criticism of the title demonstrates that people still don’t understand that fact.

I’ll say this up front: if you aren’t already a fan of Jessica Valenti’s work, then you won’t really care about this book too much. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good read, but reading about her awful ex-boyfriends, struggles with cocaine, and her pregnancy issues just isn’t as interesting if you don’t have prior knowledge of who she is.

Memoirs, in general, don’t tend to be my thing. This is no exception, but it would be unfair to criticize to book for my personal bias. If you’re a fan of Jessica Valenti’s feminist work, this book is a must-read. If you’re looking for an autobiographical take of a feminist revolutionary, look elsewhere.