“A Conversation with Jessica Valenti”

The Santa Fe NOW / Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice fundraiser for the Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund featuring feminist author Jessica Valenti was a huge success!  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated, and attended our events.  The afternoon Meet the Author buffet at Jambo Café was completely sold out and the evening event, “A Conversation with Jessica Valenti” at The Santa Fe Woman’s Club was standing room

only!  The Silent Auction was a tremendous success.  We raised a lot of money for the Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund, raised awareness for Santa Fe NOW and created a forum for future actions against the War on Women in New Mexico.  Here are some pictures from the afternoon and evening events.
















One thought on ““A Conversation with Jessica Valenti”

  1. When Valenti writes:We sulhod tell girls the truth: Beautiful is bullshit, a standard created to make women into good consumers, too busy wallowing in self-loathing to notice that we’re second class citizens.it’s clear that she’s totally lacking in historical perspective. The idea of feminine beauty has a long history, and hasn’t ever been dependent on a need to make women into consumers. Even things like jewelry and fine clothing have a long history of being exchanged/obtained not by the woman as consumer, but as an inheritance, as brideprice, as gift, etc. We’re saying that being beautiful is something worth having when we sulhod be telling them a culture that demands as much is toxic.This is just ridiculous. The culture doesn’t demand female beauty at all, as as human being with eyes can see looking around any American city. This isn’t like plastic-surgery paradise South Korea. And the notion that valorizing beauty is somehow inappropriate is bizarre. Valenti’s implied vision of the proper shape of society is abhorrent — grey, dreary, and stripped of beauty. They simply assured me I was beautiful the way I was. But here’s the thing: I knew that wasn’t true.First, everyone looks awkward as an adolescent. Second, when people tell their children that even ugliness can be pretty, . Yes, I know that’s Japan, where being snaggletoothed can be a charm-point (), but still. Even ugliness can be charming.Third, look at her picture in the upper left hand corner. She’s not stunningly beautiful, but she’s not exactly been cheated of feature by dissembling nature. Dogs probably do not bark as she halts by them. Her parents weren’t lying to her. If she really thinks she’s ugly and it has twisted her up inside like this, that’s a problem with her not with society.

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