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Jaclyn Friedman
Executive Director, Women, Action & the Media
Author, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety
Boston, MA

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Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009, and #11 on Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Nonfiction of All Time list).  Her new book, What You Really Rea

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Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009, and #11 on Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Nonfiction of All Time list).

Her new book, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety, inspired Salon.com to declare, "Jaclyn Friedman is the sex educator of many parents’ nightmares. She’s also just the teacher young women need."

As an undergraduate, Jaclyn thought she was too smart to become a victim of sexual assault – until another student proved her wrong. Jaclyn’s article “Drinking and Rape: Let’s Wise Up About It,” originally published by Women’s eNews in February 2007, was reprinted in several major online outlets and has become a popular reference for new thinking about preventing rape without shaming or blaming women. The article – and the public response to it – was the inspiration for Yes Means Yes.

Friedman is breathing new life into the concept of “healthy sexuality” by insisting that authentic sexual liberation is a necessary condition to end the systemic sexualization and violation of women. Her groundbreaking work has led Lyn Mikel Brown (Co-founder of the anti-sexualization girls' coalition SPARK and Professor of Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Colby College) to call her “this generation’s version of Dr. Ruth.”

Friedman is a popular speaker on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. and beyond. She has been a guest on the BBC, Democracy Now, Q, To The Contrary, and numerous other radio and television shows, and her commentary has appeared in outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Nation, Jezebel, Feministing.com, The American Prospect, Bitch, AlterNet, and The Huffington Post. She was named one of 2009’s Top 40 Progressive Leaders Under 40 by the New Leaders Council.

Friedman is a founder and the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, a national organization working for gender justice in media. She is also a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence. Friedman holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Follow Friedman on Twitter @jaclynf.

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