Jaclyn Friedman in Conversation With Courtney E. Martin
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm
PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN
Jaclyn Friedman discusses her new book Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. In conversation with Courtney E. Martin.
About the Book
As a veteran feminist and agenda-setting sex educator, Jaclyn Friedman is on the frontlines of the war for equity between the sexes. In Unscrewed, Friedman brings her sharp expertise and incisive observations on the state of sexual politics to the fore, sparking a culture-wide rethink about sex, power and what we accept.
With reportage and verve, Unscrewed builds a searing investigation into the state of sexual power in America, and outlines how to make real progress toward equality. Friedman reveals that the anxiety and fear women in our country feel around issues of their sexuality are not, in fact, their fault, but instead are side effects of what she calls our “era of fauxpowerment,” wherein women have the illusion of sexual power, with no actual power to support it. Exploring the fault lines where media, religion, politics, and education impinge on our intimate lives, Unscrewed breaks down the causes and signs of fauxpowerment, then gives readers tools to take it on themselves.
About the Speakers
Jaclyn Friedman’s work has redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” and popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming standard on many U.S. college campuses. She is a popular speaker and opinion writer and the creator of two other books: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape and What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety. Friedman is a founder and the former Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, where she led the successful #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech ban to content that promotes gender-based violence. Friedman hosts the podcast “Unscrewed,” which Esquire and Marie Claire have both named one of the Best Sex Podcasts around.
Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. She has authored five books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women, and her work appears frequently in national publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Martin speaks widely at colleges and conferences, including TED, and has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor. She is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and The Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy and a recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics.
“I feel smarter, more powerful, and far less crazy after reading this book. From the very first page, I realized that ‘it isn’t just me. Other women struggle with how to have the hot empowered sex feminists are always raving about.’ I wish I’d had this book when I was 20. I’m so glad to have it now, to read, to teach to my students and share with my homegirls. Jaclyn doesn’t just lay out all the problems with contemporary discourses on sex. She also shows us the way forward by profiling some of the path-breaking feminist badasses that are leading the way. It goes without saying that Jaclyn herself is one of these badasses. Every chapter reminds us in tangible ways that these problems can be solved. We can get this right. There is hope. And the very first step is to get and read Unscrewed. “
—Brittney Cooper, co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection
“In this visionary and necessary book, Jaclyn Friedman cuts through the hypocrisy, mixed messages and confusion about sex, women and power. Unscrewed is firmly pro-pleasure, but also bitingly critical of the same old sexism dressed up in the language of "empowerment" -- it's power, Friedman argues, that matters, and she neatly eviscerates the formal and informal barriers that keep women from accessing it. Required reading for anyone who cares not just about women and sex, but about building a better society, Unscrewed will leave you with just one question: Can Jaclyn lead the new sexual revolution and unscrew us all?” —Jill Filipovic, author of The H-Spot
"Unscrewed is not just a book you should read, it's a book you'll love to read. Jaclyn Friedman's writing sings, and makes thinking about necessary and important issues a real pleasure. I can't wait to read it again." —Jessica Valenti, author of the New York Times-bestselling Sex Object