Jessica Valenti

Abelin-Bevier Fellow

Jessica Valenti is a feminist columnist and author and the founder of the daily newsletter Abortion, Every Day, an urgent synthesis of the political and real-life consequences of abortion bans. From anti-choice legislation, to battles in state courts, to the stories of women denied access to care, Valenti’s newsletter has become an indispensable source of news and explanatory journalism on the rollback of abortion rights in post-Dobbs America. Jessica has also authored seven books on feminism, with her most recent book, “Sex Object: A Memoir”, being named a New York Times bestseller. With support from Type, she intends to further expand her newsletter’s reach and to deepen its investigations and continue to bring attention to smaller stories from undercovered and rural areas.


Sex Object: A Memoir

Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation,” Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a memoir thatPublishers Weekly calls “bold and unflinching,” Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.

In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, Sex Object is a profoundly moving tour de force that is bound to shock those already familiar with Valenti’s work, and enthrall those who are just finding it.

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

What would happen if we believed women? A groundbreaking anthology offers a potent rallying cry and theory of change.

Harvey Weinstein. Brett Kavanaugh. Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump. The most infamous abusers in modern American history are being outed as women speak up to publicly expose behavior that was previously only whispered about — and it’s both making an impact, and sparking a backlash. From the leading, agenda-setting feminist editors of Yes Means YesBelieve Me brings readers into the evolving landscape of the movement against sexual violence, and outlines how trusting women is the critical foundation for future progress.
In Believe Me, contributors ask and answer the crucial question: What would happen if we didn’t just believe women, but acted as though they matter? If we take women’s experiences of online harassment seriously, it will transform the internet. If we listen to and center survivors, we could revolutionize our systems of justice. If we believe Black women when they talk about pain, we will save countless lives.
With contributions from many of the most important voices in feminism today, Believe Me is an essential roadmap for the #MeToo era and beyond.


An Arkansas Nightmare is Anti-Choice 'Victory'

An Arkansas woman’s harrowing ordeal under the state’s near-total abortion ban underscores the human toll of restrictive policies, as Republicans face criticism for blocking contraception legislation and shifting blame onto doctors. Amidst rising tensions over reproductive rights, the article sheds light on the emotional and physical anguish inflicted by anti-abortion measures.

Now Republicans Are Trying to Redefine Abortion Itself

With post-Roe outrage showing no sign of waning, strategists on the right are pushing a new lexicon on abortion.