Courtney E. Martin is the award-winning author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women called "a hardcover punch in the gut" by Arianna Huffington and "a smart and spirited rant that makes for thought-provoking reading" by the New York Times.
She is also a widely-read freelance journalist and regular blogger for Feministing--the most popular blog for young women on the internet. She is a columnist on political and youth culture for The American Prospect Online and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Courtney co-wrote the life story of Marvelyn Brown, called The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, just released in August on HarperCollins. In addition, she has essays in many anthologies, including A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox (Oxford University Press), and Declare Yourself: Fifty American Talk About Why Voting Matters (Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins).
She has been on the TODAY Show, The O'Reilly Factor, and MSNBC, and spoken on radio programs and at colleges, non-profits, and parenting organizations across the nation. She is the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Op-Ed Project, a Woodhull fellow, and part of the Progressive Women's Voices Project at the Women's Media Center. Read more about her work at www.courtneyemartin.com or follow her on Twitter @courtwrites.
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body
Simon & Schuster Free Press [April 2007]