In the CumQueens' first interview, we talk with Donna Freitas as she shares her experience of being stalked by a trusted mentor while she was in grad school. We learn about her non-disclosure agreement and why she decided to write her book in spite of it. We discuss accountability and power dynamics in relationships and the ways in which consent plays a part in all facets of our lives. We explore how shame and self-blame plays a part in almost every survivor's story. We talk about how the memoir happened to coincide with the #MeToo Movement and discuss the recent sentencing Harvey Weinstein. Donna discusses how the responses to her book have given her a sense of healing and closure that she did not get from her university or abuser.
We want to thank Donna Freitas again for speaking with us and sharing her story. This is the first part of our interview so be sure to come back next week to hear the rest!
You can learn about Donna and her other titles at https://www.donnafreitas.com/
Donna Freitas is a professor, researcher, and writer of more than twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Among her books are, most recently, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown), as well as her Middle Grade nonfiction, The Big Questions Book of Sex & Consent (forthcoming in September 2020). Her debut novel for adults, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, will be published in the spring of 2021 in nearly 25 countries and languages. Donna has spoken at over two hundred colleges and universities across the U.S. and beyond about her work around sex on campus, and she is the author of Consent on Campus: A Manifesto, as well as The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost. Donna's essays, op-eds, and articles have been published in major newspapers and magazines over the years, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and many others. She received her Ph.D. in Gender Studies and Religion in 2001. Donna is currently a professor in the English Department and MFA program at Adelphi University on Long Island. She lives in Brooklyn.
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