Leora Tanenbaum


Leora Tanenbaum's newest book is I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet, which will be published by HarperPerennial in February 2015. This book offers a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of teenage girls and young women labeling each other "sluts." It is a sequel to Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation, in which Leora coined the term "slut-bashing." Slut! is a staple in sociology and gender/​women's studies courses on college campuses around the United States. It was chosen by Ecosalon magazine as one of the 20 "must-read" books of all time for women.

Leora is also the author of Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. It exposes the fact that millions of American Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women love their religion but are deeply troubled over their inferior status as women within their faith.

Leora has also written Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, about the ways in which women often try to sabotage one another. Catfight was an alternate selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.

On a lighter note, Leora had a fun time writing Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them, a cheerful wake-up call to women who love shoes to take care of their feet. Internationally, her books are available in Germany, Turkey, Greece, and Australia/​New Zealand.

In addition to books, Leora has written for Newsday, Seventeen, Ms., and The Nation, among many other publications. She has been featured in Redbook, The Washington Post, and The Forward, among many publications. She is quoted regularly in newspapers such as The New York Times, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.

Leora is also the senior writer and editor for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and for its advocacy and political branch, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

She is a member of the Board of the Ramaz School and of Kehilat Yavneh, both in New York City. She also is a member of the Pembroke Center Associates Council of Brown University.

Leora lectures widely at venues including the global Women's Forum on the Economy and Society in Deauville, France; the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco; the 92nd Street Y in New York City; the Brooklyn Book Festival; the Stop Slut conference at the New School in New York City; and campuses such as Stanford, Columbia, Duke, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Spelman College.

Leora regularly discusses girls' and women's issues on TV news and entertainment shows. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Inside Edition, The O’Reilly Factor, Politically Incorrect, and other programs. She is proud to have been lampooned on CNN's Capitol Gang.

Leora lives in New York City with her two teenage sons. She enjoys reading in print and writing with a pencil...though you can find her on Twitter @​LeoraTanenbaum.

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I Am Not a Slutt offers both a wake-up call about the dangerous impact of the word ‘slut’ and a path forward to talk about sex and sexuality in an open, positive, and nonjudgmental way.” -Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"The woman who exposed slut-bashing, cat-fighting, and God-reclaiming takes on women's masochistic relationship with their feet. Run (while you still can) to your nearest bookstore and save your sole." - Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Look Both Ways and Manifesta
"The most comprehensive overview of the status of women and religion I've read. It chronicles the harm religion can do to both men and women, but also holds out a promise of radiant hope."
--Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God
“Incisive exploration of a long-taboo subject--how and why women sabotage one another.”
--Gail Sheehy
“An eye-opening book.”
--Redbook