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Alt Wire with Feministing's Jessica Valenti

Alt Wire is a morning digest of links and information collected and explained by a different guest blogger every weekday. Today's guest is Jessica Valenti of Feministing. We asked her for five links, and here's what she gave us (check back for Monday's guest, media activist Joshua Breitbart ): 

Jessica ValentiMy Flickr Favorites: I have a bit of a thing for feminist graffiti and street activism/art.

Interview with bell hooks:  What can I really say—this woman is just incredible. I could watch this interview over and over...I've also assigned it in a Gender & Pop Culture class that I teach at Rutgers. hooks has this incredible talent for making complicated ideas accessible, which is really powerful.

The Virgin:  I've been thinking a lot about virginity lately (not a surprise given my new book, I suppose!) and I came across this Gustav Klimt painting; I'm not sure how I feel about it yet but I keep looking at it...

My fake wedding website: My partner and I just thought that buying the url would be hilarious.  It still makes me laugh whenever I look at it.

Whipping Girl: One of my favorites, and—in my opinion—one of the most important feminist books to come out in years.  The author, Julia Serano, is just brilliant and writes about gender, trans women and femininity in a way that not only educates, but inspires.  I wish everyone would read this.

Bio: Jessica Valenti is a feminist author and founder of the blog and online community Feministing.com.  Her newest book, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Yong Women , has just been released.

Previous Alt Wire Guests: Jessica Hoffmann, Noah Scalin, Rinku Sen, Paddy Johnson, Melissa Mcewan,  Fatemeh Fakhraie , Joe Biel , Anne Elizabeth Moore