Social Justice Book Club

Monday, March 31st 2014 at 6:30 pm
Monday, March 31st 2014 at 8:30 pm

The tools to make real change! The Social Justice Book Club aims to provide the background reading to progressive secular activism and expand the literary horizons of those interested in the diverse world of marginalized voices. Whether the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and religion is a little new to you or already fires up the passionate activist within, join us for some insightful literature and lively discussion Buy your book TODAY!

(Please make sure to read the selection before attending a discussion. Due to the nature of the subject matter, it's important that conversations don't get derailed due to a lack of direct knowledge of the text being discussed. Thank you!

Hello again. Since there's little time before the end of March rolls around, this month we'll be reading: 'Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape' by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti

From the book description:

In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the “No Means No” model—an approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today. Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yes aims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media, Yes Means Yes is a powerful and revolutionary anthology.

For those attending, we'd like to have a discussion about books we'd like to see going forward as part of the meeting to get ahead of the schedule somewhat, and also just to have the group's input. So please come ready with specific suggestions if you have any. Thanks in advance, and hope to see you there!