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Volume 1

Book Reviews

Sex Object: A Memoir - Jessica Valenti

by Krista Carson (2017)

Jessica Valenti is a columnist at The Guardian US, founder of feministing.com, and author of several books about women’s issues (e.g. Friedman & Valenti, 2008; Valenti, 2010, 2014). In her recent book, Sex Object: A Memoir (Valenti, 2016), which is a New York Times bestseller, she recounts her experiences growing up in Queens, N.Y. She reflects on her relationships, motherhood, and most prominently, her weariness of the everyday sexism she has endured. Valenti describes how living in a sexist and misogynistic culture has shaped her life. The book offers a compelling account of the author’s own experiences with issues such as sexual double standards, sexual objectification, and sexualized violence in the US. 

They Continued Regardless: Discussing a Therapeutic Rape Culture with Jemma Tosh

by Dan Oudshoorn (2020)

Near the opening of The Body and Consent in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Medicine (2020), Jemma Tosh very openly explains where she is situated in relation to the subject matter she will go on to discuss. Rather than seeking to advance her academic brand status by positioning herself amongst the intelligentsia (by highlighting her ability to engage in rigourous “objective” research, pursue “the facts” no matter where they lead, publish with all the right imprints, teach at all the right institutions, and so on and so forth), Tosh proudly stands in the tradition of the “organic intellectual” (as per Gramsci) or the “critic as partisan” (as per Eagleton). Tosh is personally invested in this subject matter...

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Creative Works

Womb-wounded

by Dee Lister (2018)

Objects poke scratch hurt

deep inside of me.

Body quartered, 

pain echoes in the third chamber of this house...

Old and Grey and Gay

by Ruthie Adamson (2018)

In the film Sunset BOULEVARD the leading lady finds it HARD to face the

TRUTH which is her YOUTH is a thing of the PAST.
Her DELUSION CONFUSION means CONSEQUENTLY SHE fails to SEE her

POPULARITY as a MOVIE must-SEE didn't LAST...

Accidental Journeys

by Aisling Keavey (2018)

Accidental Journeys traces both the historical and contemporary journey the Irish diaspora took from Ireland to England by photographing a journey from East Croydon to Gatwick Airport using black and white analogue film, then adding dates of famine ships sailing from Cobh to America in the 1840s and 1850s over the images. By placing the images out of chronological order, post-structuralist narrative is alluded to and also shows that meaning is constructed at the point of engagement with the image by the viewer, which also helps the images reference an invisibility of place. There are no defining features of place in any of the images which aids in the defamiliarisation of the landscape...

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