“A meticulously recounted memoir of building dread, that pushes our understanding of power and it’s abuses. Freitas’s story complicates and illuminates our ideas about harassment and harm, showing how it doesn’t just begin and end within the confines of physical contact: it infiltrates our own heads, is enabled by the very structures that are supposed to be our recourse from it but too often work to cover it up. Consent is compelling and disturbing and a welcome expansion of our urgent conversation.”--Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad
"In Consent, Donna Freitas combs through the emotional knots that form when a mentor's attention becomes inappropriate and manipulative. With sharp attention, she separates the many strands of consent one by one. A riveting, significant examination of the forces that push a student into silence about unwanted attention."--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
CONSENT ON CAMPUS: A MANIFESTO (Oxford University Press, 2018)
THE HEALER (HarperTeen, 2019)
THE MIND VIRUS (HarperTeen, 2017)
THE BODY MARKET (HarperTeen, 2017)
THE HAPPINESS EFFECT: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford University Press, 2017)
UNPLUGGED (HarperTeen, 2016)
THE TENDERNESS OF THIEVES (Philomel/Penguin, 2015)
THE END OF SEX: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy (Basic Books, 2013)
GOLD MEDAL WINNER (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014)
GOLD MEDAL SUMMER (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012)
THE SURVIVAL KIT (Frances Foster Books, 2010)
THIS GORGEOUS GAME (Frances Foster Books, 2010)
THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD (Frances Foster Books, 2008)
SEX & THE SOUL: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2008)
KILLING THE IMPOSTER GOD (Jossey-Bass, 2007)
Donna Freitas is an author of books for both teens and adults. Her nonfiction books for adults include, most recently, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy. Her young adult books include Unplugged, The Tenderness of Thieves, The Possibilities of Sainthood, The Survival Kit and This Gorgeous Game. She is also the author of two middle grade novels, Gold Medal Summer and Gold Medal Winter.
Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines about religion, sex, hookup culture, and life on a college campus today, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. She has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, CNN, and many other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul and The End of Sex, and she has lectured on this research at well over a hundred colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Wellesley, and University of Chicago. She continues to speak on issues related to college students and young adults nationwide.
In recent years, Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and she teaches often at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. She lives in Brooklyn.