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Feminist brings ideals to young women through book, blog

The Women’s Interest Network welcomed Jessica Valenti to the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom on Wednesday night to give a presentation on feminism and her new book, “Full Frontal Feminism.”

As an advocate for women’s rights, Valenti has founded a blog and works with other organizations to promote equality. The title of the presentation, “Full Frontal Feminism (or, why feminism is a lot damn cooler than you think),” set the tone for the entire evening: While the presentation enlightened the audience about the major points of feminism, the atmosphere remained entirely fun and casual.

Valenti opened with a picture of her with President Bill Clinton from about one year ago.

Valenti stated that although she was dressed modestly in the picture, the photo still inspired controversy when a reporter indicated that her posture and clothing were entirely inappropriate for a meeting with the former leader of the United States.

Valenti then realized, “I was targeted because I was young, because of the way I look but most of all because I am a feminist.”

She believes most young women are feminists – they are just unwilling to own to it because “feminism has a bit of an image problem.” Furthermore, after some encouragement from her boss and a Google search that uncovered a lack of representation for young women and feminism, Valenti sought to write her own blog on the topic.

With that thought in mind, Jessica decided to write about feminism to make it accessible to any young woman, not just to the women’s studies majors or the older generation. Her blog, feministing.com, covers a wide range of women’s issues. Valenti stated that one major impact of her blog is its ability to give readers insight while connecting the online world to real-world activism.

After discussing her blog, Jessica gave an overview of and read from her book. After a reading that entertained the crowd, the floor was opened for a question and answer session.

Topics ranged from women in literature to how to start your own blog.

“Now I want to go out and buy her book!” an audience member exclaimed.

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