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What best-selling authors like Sheryl Sandberg and Brigid Schulte have done for women's work lives, Jaclyn Friedman does here for women's sexuality: spark a culture-wide rethink about what's accepted as normal, urging us all to try for something better. Not only that: She does it with warmth, irreverence, and candor reminiscent of Roxane Gay in Bad Feminist and the fiery conviction of her own coedited anthology Yes Means Yes!
In Unscrewed, 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 our toxic culture. Dubbed the "era of fauxpowerment", that culture gives women the illusion of sexual power, with no actual power to support it. Exploring where media, religion, politics, and education overlap with feminist issues, Unscrewed breaks down the causes and signs of fauxpowerment then gives listeners tools to take it on themselves.
©2017 Jaclyn Friedman (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By Amy Jo Goddard on 12-23-17

Phenomenal Cultural Critique with Solutions

Jaclyn Friedman reads, in her punchy, smart style, her well-written cultural critique of sex, power and gender. She uses lots of current examples of sexual freedom fighters who are creating change in many communities across North America to show us how and what is being done and inspires the listener to figure out how they want to make a contribution, finishing the book with a list of suggestions for how we can create change. She acknowledges that change is incremental and that we must celebrate all of our wins along the way, and shares her own experiences of taking on Facebook and her college campus to make the environment safer for women, less sexist and stronger in how it deals with violence against women. Her definition of Fauxpowerment challenges the false empowerment tropes that litter our media and invites the listener to be critical of the way female empowerment is packaged and sold back to us. This is a must read for anyone who cares about the status quo around gender and race and wants to look at sex and power with a more critical lens so we can find ways to unscrew ourselves. Unscrewed is a total gift.

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By Anonymous User on 12-10-17


I loved this book! Great information and inspiration to make this world a better, safer place for everyone.

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