Leora Tanenbaum

OP-EDS
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

Women Don't "Cry Rape"

U.S. News & World Report, January 10, 2018

Even in this groundbreaking #MeToo moment, the age-old myth that a woman who says she was raped is a liar – covering up a regretted act of consensual sex – remains as popular as ever. In Dave Chapelle's new comedy special, "The Bird Revelation," he jokes that if Harvey Weinstein looked like Brad Pitt, he would not have been accused of assault and rape.

But the myth of the woman who falsely cries rape should never serve as a punchline. I've been tracking slut-shaming – when girls and women are labeled "sluts" and "hos" – for over two decades, interviewing hundreds of teenage girls and women who have been ostracized, harassed and assaulted as a result of their sexual reputation. Their experiences show that it is highly unlikely for any woman to lie about being raped.

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