Jessica Valenti on "Full Frontal Feminism"
An interview with Jessica Valenti, founder of the popular feminist blog feministing, in which she talks about her new book Full Frontal Feminism.
I haven't read 3F yet, but I'm already shocked at the avalanche of highly personal criticism that has been directed towards Jessica and her book during its first few weeks in print.
Jessica has been a good friend and colleague of mine for several years. So, the attacks are really getting my back up.
People who haven't even read the book are attacking Jessica because of who she is (white, college educated, attractive), rather than what she actually says in her book.
Yes, there are inequities in the world. Yes, white, college educated, conventionally attractive people have unfair advantages.
It's still unfair and counterproductive to attack anyone for stuff they can't control--like race or physical appearance. If someone is leveraging their societal privilege for the greater good, it's unreasonable to detract from their substantive efforts by harping on their biography.
Reviewers I trust assure me that Jessica does address issues of race, class, and sexual orientation. Which is what I'd expect, based on her work at feministing, and that of her co-bloggers.