Toronto Panel Discussion with Jessica Valenti (of Feministing)

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Toronto Panel Discussion with Jessica Valenti (of Feministing)



[url= G and Shameless Magazine present an evening with Jessica Valenti[/url]


Wednesday, June 25, 2008
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Camera Gallery,
Queen and Ossington

Just in time for feminist book release season, Jessica Valenti is coming to Toronto, bringing word from America and wisdoms to share from her latest book, “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double-Standards Every Woman Should Know.”

Join Miss G and friends as JV reads from her new book, followed by a panel discussion with local feminist superheroes Jessica Yee, Sarah Wolf, and Laurel Mitchell, and audience question period / love-in.

This is an all-ages event, with cash bar for those who are so inclined and of the age of majority. And the best part is, entry is FREE.

The organization of this event was more whirlwind and heart-stopping than a summer fling, so word is getting out late. But that doesn’t mean it won’t get out FAST, sweet friends.

Seats are limited so RSVP ASAP! (Que sound of revving blackberries across the GTA). Share the news with friends and loved-ones! Be there with your questions in hand, and with your Feministing hat and cocktail shoes on!

To RSVP: Send an email to us at [email protected] with the subject line “RSVP to Valenti Event,” including your name in the body of the email. Individuals can only RSVP for themselves; you cannot RSVP for others.

Can’t wait to see you there!

I'm really looking forward to this one. rabble columnist Jessica Yee will also be a part of this panel discussion.

[ 22 June 2008: Message edited by: jrose ]

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crap! I have a board meeting that night, or I'd make the trip!


I'm hoping to get out to this!


I'll be there Michelle. Hopefully I'll see you there, especially since I'm going solo. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]


BUMP! I'm not sure if there are still spaces left, but the folks at [email protected] will be able to tell you. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]


Oh, you have to register! Whoops. I didn't do that! Okay, I'll e-mail them right now and see.


I just registered a day or two ago and it wasn't full, so maybe you'll be in luck! Keep me posted.


No response yet! [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]


Ahh just show up and put up a big fuss. I can't imagine this event is going to have too many bouncers at the door! [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]


Yeah, I was planning to just come if I don't hear back, and then ask at the door if there is space left. If not, then no problem. My fault for not reserving far enough ahead of time. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

I responded to the Facebook invitation by saying I was coming. Is that considered an RSVP? [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]



Originally posted by Michelle:
I responded to the Facebook invitation by saying I was coming. Is that considered an RSVP? [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

It definitely should be! Hopefully I'll see you there [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]


Do you want to meet outside a bit before it starts? You said you're going alone, right? So am I, so it would be great to meet there!

Any other babblers going?


Sounds good, Michelle! I'm still trying to figure out how to make it there from Union.


Never mind, apparently they found a place for me, so woo hoo!

How to get there from Union? Do you want me to meet you at Union station? If so, what time?

[ 25 June 2008: Message edited by: Michelle ]


Aww that's too bad. I'll PM you my cell phone number just in case you change your mind! I'll report with full details tomorrow. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]


Read my edit. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img] So do you want me to meet you at Union station?


[url=]From today's Toronto Star[/url]


What we need is an f-word revolution

Jun 25, 2008 04:30 AM
Antonia Zerbisias

He's the boss, she's a bitch. He's independent, she's pathetic. He's childless, she's selfish. He's a Romeo, she's a stalker. He's angry, she's PMSing.

These are just some of the gender inequities in Jessica Valenti's new book, He's a Stud, She's a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know.

Pay close attention to how men and women are commonly characterized – come on down, Hillary Clinton! – and you can't miss the so-ingrained-most-can't-even-hear-them-any-more slurs against women.

"After I wrote my first book (Full Frontal Feminism), I got a lot of amazing responses," says Valenti, 29, on the phone from her home in Queens, New York, where she lives, writes and edits the popular blog she founded four years ago,

"I saw what resonated most with women of all ages, the everyday inequities, the everyday slights that really affected them, that made them understand why feminism is so important, that make women go `Wow, that is sexism!'"

Which is why she is helping to draw a crowd of young women tonight in Toronto at the Camera Gallery, for an event sponsored by The Miss G Project for Equity in Education and Shameless magazine.

All these gung-ho third-wave feminists gladden the heart of an old second-waver like moi.

That's because, rather than run from the f-word while benefiting from the hard-won battles for equal rights, these women embrace it.

"I call it `I'm-not-a-feminist-but' syndrome," explains Valenti. "It's like `I'm not a feminist but I think it's terrible that we don't have equal pay yet. I'm not a feminist but I think that women should have access to birth control without having problems at their pharmacies.'

"The conservative movement and the backlash against feminism have been extremely successful and smart in labelling feminism with all these ridiculous stereotypes that really serve a specific and strategic purpose. If young women believe that feminism is for man-haters, is uncool, is ugly, then why would they ever want to identify with it?"

Why indeed?

When I was Valenti's age, feminists were labelled bra-burning, hairy-legged beasts that could never catch a husband.

Some things never change.

"They have been pushing the same nonsense for so many years and we continue to fall for them," she agrees. "I tell readers they're trying to pull one over on you. They're hoping that you're going to fall for it."

That's because "they" – the religious right, conservatives and others threatened by independent women – want to keep us "in our place."

In-your-face feminism is what Valenti is about, and has been ever since she went for her master's in women's and gender studies at Rutgers.


[url=]Straight talk on 'studs' and 'sluts'[/url]

Here is a link to the book lounge which includes some of the footage shot at the event by the lovely Michelle. Check it out! It was a great night at the Camera Gallery.


Wow, the videos were great. Valenti was bright and so full of energy. I have not read the book but I do like her motivation for writing it as a fun and accessible one, could be an excellent primer on this subject, something for the person in your life who isn't an avid reader but does have questions and a desire to find answers.


You're right. She succeeds in this book and on her blog ( to make feminism accessible, as it is not bogged down in theory and rhetoric that might halt young girls who are interested in getting involved or learning more about feminism.