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Jaclyn Friedman
Editor, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape
Boston, MA

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Jaclyn Friedman’s work has redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” and popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many US campuses.

Her first book, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual…

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Jaclyn Friedman’s work has redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” and popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many US campuses.

Her first book, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape  was named one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009, and ranked #11 on Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Nonfiction of All Time list.

Her second book, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety, was a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award in Women’s Issues. (Read reviews here.)

As an undergraduate, Jaclyn thought she was too smart to become a victim of sexual assault – until another student proved her wrong. Since then, she has become a tireless anti-rape activist, changing the conversation 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. Her forthcoming book, Unscrewed, will be an examination of the current state of female sexual "fauxpowerment," and a roadmap to a culture in which women's sexual agency is recognized as a human right.

Friedman is a founder and the former Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, where she led the successful #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech ban to content that promotes gender-based violence.

Follow Friedman on Twitter @jaclynf.

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