Feminism | Posted by Ashley P on 03/10/2010
Owning Up to My “Number”
A few days ago, I took a huge step in the self-confidence department. I was reading Jessica Valenti’s Full-Frontal Feminism (a particular favorite of mine) for the fifth time, and her chapter about women’s sexuality made me put down the damn book and go to my desk. Feeling extremely inspired, I sat down with a pen and paper and compiled my list, my “little black book”, so to speak. To some young women, this may not appear to be such a big deal. However, for me personally, writing each person’s name down and totaling the number was my defiant act of courage.
Since my senior year of high school, I have been considerably sexually active. The summer between my high school graduation and my first semester of university, I was …