New Nonfiction: I am Not a Slut – Leora Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum’s Slut was a groundbreaking book on the effects of sexual stereotyping. Sixteen years later, the author now revisits how the term is used in the 21st century, offering insight into the insidious twists slut-shaming has taken in our digital and media-drenched culture. Not a revision of her previous work, this is a new chapter in the debate developed on the heels of over a decade of new research.

Drawing on new research, she shines a light on an all-too-common issue of contemporary life: the bewildering and devastating treatment of young women in our sexually conflicted society…. [S]he considers the very real damage (including suicides) caused by weaponizing the word slut (often by teens), while also exploring attempts to reclaim slut by those willing to embrace it with everything from cheeky humor to feminist rage….This brilliant, thoughtful, and compelling investigation of young womanhood commands the reader’s attention from beginning to end.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Gives a generation of tweeting young women some thoughtful and well-researched advice about how to conduct their digital lives without being derailed by the slut-shaming that is all-too prevalent in this day and age. Feminists young and old: this book is for you. (And everyone else, too.)”
Bookish

“A significant, spirited analysis sure to be embraced by feminists and deserving of wide attention.”
Kirkus Reviews

I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet (9780062282590) by Leora Tanenbaum. $15.99 trade paper original 2/3/15 on sale.

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