Leora Tanenbaum

OP-EDS & BLOG POSTS
BOOKS
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

Because of Slut-Shaming the Wrap Dress Still Matters

The Huffington Post, July 14, 2015

The wrap dress is over four decades old, but in today's environment it is as relevant as ever. In her new biography, Diane von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped, Gioia Diliberto writes that the designer persuaded women to buy her iconic garment by telling them, "Feel like a woman; wear a dress." It's a philosophy that might seem outdated today when gender is widely seen as malleable and as easy to take on and off as, well, a dress. Yet old-fashioned ideas about masculinity and femininity continue to shape behavior, as Caitlyn Jenner's hyper-feminine makeover, a 2015 reincarnation of "feel like a woman; wear a dress," demonstrates.

We see this gendered mindset today clearly in the arena of slut-shaming -- when women who are open about their sexuality are labeled "sluts "or "hoes" to be put in their place.

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