Leora Tanenbaum

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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

Donald Trump's Inflexibility Hurts Women

The Forward, January 24, 2017

Each morning, observant Jews pray that God will “zokef kefufim” — straighten the bent. I used to understand this prayer literally: that those with physical disabilities should be able to participate fully in life’s activities. But with the intransigence of our new president, I’m now translating this prayer figuratively and re-assessing its message. The fact is that we all need to know when to bend and when to straighten.

On every level, and particularly with regard to issues important to women, Donald Trump has shown himself unwilling to bend. Last week, The New York Times described him with precisely this term—"unbent.” Politico reported that Hillary Clinton’s aide who helped her prepare for the Trump debates impersonated him in part by wearing knee pads to keep his legs straight. Since taking the oath of office, Trump has been confirming his rigidity by combatively invoking “America First,” despite its ugly history, and reiterating that his inaugural audience was the largest ever, flying in the face of the facts. The only thing he bends is the truth. Call him “stiff-necked.”

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