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

I Am Not a Slut:
Slut-Shaming
in the Age of the Internet





On MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, I discuss the slut-shaming that Monica Lewinsky experienced.

Watch me discuss slut-shaming with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Huffington Post Live. If you tune in till the end, you will see me in conversation with Wagatwe Wanjuki and Julie Zeilinger.

I discuss slut-shaming with Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture.

Kaye Toal and I discuss slut-shaming
with BuzzFeed staff in New York City.


I discuss campus rape, workplace sexual harassment, and Caitlyn Jenner on HuffPost Live with Stephanie Battaglino and Nakisha Lewis and host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani.

Liz Plank, senior editor of Mic.com and MSNBC correspondent, and I discuss slut-shaming with an engaged audience of Planned Parenthood supporters. In addition to lively discussion, guests enjoyed NOT A SLUT cupcakes.


"I Am Not a Slut is a profoundly eye-opening book about the dangerous world young women are forced to negotiate and the blind eye all too often turned toward it by their peers, adults, and even the media. It should be required reading for anyone who has ever called someone a slut or been called one themselves. It has the power to help young women who are suffering through this kind of shaming to feel less alone and provides a powerful education for those who care about them." -Elissa Schappell, author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls

"For parents, for educators, and—most important—for girls themselves, I Am Not a Slut is an absolutely crucial read . . . With any luck, it will also galvanize a much-needed shift, challenging each of us to consider how we participate in creating the world these girls navigate.” -Andi Zeisler, cofounder and editorial director, Bitch Media

“I Am Not a Slut 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

"Girls and young women are inundated with images and messages teaching that teach them sex is the only currency that matters in our culture. But when they follow those cues, they are shamed and excoriated. They have a right to own and express their sexuality on their own terms without apology or repercussion. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about girls and young women and wants to understand the heartbreaking challenges they face as they grow into their sexuality." -Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, author

“This thoroughly researched, galvanizing book will serve as a crucial tool for young women and their families. Tanenbaum navigates the perilous waters young women are swimming in—filled with sexual objectification, double standards, self-exposure, and social censure—and offers them a guide to make it safely to shore.” - Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry , senior writer for Salon, and New Republic contributor


EXCERPTS

The Huffington Post: What Does "Slut" Mean, Anyway?

Slate: Why We Shouldn't Reclaim "Slut"

Salon: Sexual Validation in the Age of Social Media



If you agree that we should eliminate the word "slut" from our vocabulary, you may be interested in these excellent resources:

In "Slut: The Play," teen girls take a stand against slut-shaming. A must-see.

The Stop Slut Movement is dedicated to ending slut-shaming, sexism, and sexual violence.

The UnSlut Project works against sexual bullying and slut-shaming through personal story-sharing and outreach.