Jaclyn Friedman

presents

Unscrewed:
Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
20
Monday
November 20, 2017
6:30 PM

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes writer, performer, and activist JACLYN FRIEDMAN for a discussion of her latest book, Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. This event is co-sponsored by Mass NOW and Our Bodies Ourselves.

About Unscrewed

What bestselling authors like Sheryl Sandberg and Brigid Schulte have done for women's work lives, Jaclyn Friedman does here for women's sexuality: spark a culture-wide rethink about what's accepted as normal, urging us all to try for something better. Not only that: she does it with warmth, irreverence, and candor reminiscent of Roxane Gay in Bad Feminist, and the fiery conviction of her own co-edited anthology Yes Means Yes!.

In Unscrewed, Friedman reveals that the anxiety and fear women in our country feel around issues of their sexuality are not, in fact, their fault, but instead are side effects of our toxic culture. Dubbed the "era of fauxpowerment," that culture gives women the illusion of sexual power, with no actual power to support it. Exploring where media, religion, politics, and education overlap with feminist issues, Unscrewed breaks down the causes and signs of fauxpowerment, then gives readers tools to take it on themselves.

Praise

"This book should be required reading in schools across the US. Honest, sometimes painful, and brimming with empathy. It couldn't have come at a better time. Jaclyn draws you into a world of possibility. I am hopeful reading her writing. There is so much work to do to change the systems in which we live and Jaclyn gives us practical applicable ways of doing it." —Tatiana Maslany, Emmy-winning star of Orphan Black

"Unscrewed is not just a book you should read, it's a book you'll love to read. Jaclyn Friedman's writing sings and makes thinking about necessary and important issues a real pleasure. I can't wait to read it again." —Jessica Valenti, author of the New York Times bestselling Sex Object

"In this visionary and necessary book, Jaclyn Friedman cuts through the hypocrisy, mixed messages, and confusion about sex, women, and power. Unscrewed is firmly pro-pleasure, but also bitingly critical of the same old sexism dressed up in the language of "empowerment"—it's power, Friedman argues, that matters, and she neatly eviscerates the formal and informal barriers that keep women from accessing it. Required reading for anyone who cares not just about women and sex, but about building a better society, Unscrewed will leave you with just one question: Can Jaclyn lead the new sexual revolution and unscrew us all?" —Jill Filipovic, author of The H-Spot

"From the very first page, I realized that 'it isn't just me'. Other women struggle with how to have the hot empowered sex feminists are always raving about. I wish I'd had this book when I was 20. I'm so glad to have it now, to read, to teach to my students and share with my homegirls. Jaclyn doesn't just lay out all the problems with contemporary discourses on sex. She also shows us the way forward by profiling some of the path-breaking feminist badasses that are leading the way. It goes without saying that Jaclyn herself is one of these badasses. Every chapter reminds us in tangible ways, that these problems can be solved. We can get this right. There is hope. And the very first step is to get and read Unscrewed." —Brittney Cooper, Crunk Feminist Collective co-founder and author of Eloquent Rage

Jaclyn Friedman
Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, performer, and activist, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without RapeFriedman is a popular speaker on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. and beyond. She has been a guest on BBC World Have Your Say, Democracy Now, 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 is a SheSource expert and was named one of 2009's Top 40 Progressive Leaders Under 40 by the New Leaders Council.

Find transportation and parking details here. On arrival at the library, take the elevator down to the Lecture Hall.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

This event will take place at the Main Branch of the Cambridge Public Library (in the Lecture Hall), located at 449 Broadway in Cambridge. Seating and elevator access to the lecture hall begins at the noted "doors" time.

A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open. It costs 25 cents for every 15 minutes of parking. You may pay by using quarters or credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

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Co-Sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library

Cambridge Public Library

The Cambridge Public Library serves as a doorway to opportunity, self-development, and recreation for all its residents, and as a forum where they may share ideas, cultures, and resources among themselves and with people around the globe. Learn more at cambridgema.gov/cpl.

Co-Sponsored by Mass NOW

Mass NOW is the only multi-issue, multi strategy feminist organization in the Commonwealth. Learn more at massnow.org/about

Co-Sponsored by Our Bodies Ourselves

Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit, public interest organization based in Boston, Mass., that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality. Learn more at ourbodiesourselves.org.

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