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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Feminism and Pleasure in Trump's America

Women are already leading the anti-Trump charge, from the Women's March to the senate women (republican and democrat) opposing Trump's nominees to the mostly female judges halting his immigration order to the fashion industry supporting Planned Parenthood. We need to oppose Trump's multi-level encroachments on human rights here and abroad. But we also need to counter his America First narrative with one of our own -- one that says all human beings are entitled to happiness.

So what does that look like, especially for women in a Trump era, when many of his assaults are laid on our bodies, when we are so thoroughly shut out of the halls of executive power, and when the future just looks so bleak? What are the perils of putting the bulk of the work of the resistance on the backs of women -- who already shoulder so much more unpaid, unrecognized labor, and struggle to meet so many demands on our time, our emotions, our love, and our attention? What does pursuing feminist happiness mean in such dark, reactionary, anti-feminist times? 

That's what we need to figure out and what this panel is all about.

This panel will feature:

Jill Filipovic - a journalist based in Nairobi and New York City. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a columnist She is also an attorney, and her work on law, politics, gender, and foreign affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, the Nation, Foreign Policy, and others.

Jessica Valenti - a columnist for the Guardian US. She founded the award-winning blog,, and her articles and writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among others. Her most recent book, Sex Object: A Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay - a writer, editor and speaker. She is currently the Senior Editorial Director of Culture and Identities at Mic. She is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of The H Spot or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.