I Am Not A Slut: Slut-Shaming In The Age Of The Internet

Paperback | February 3, 2015

byLeora Tanenbaum

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The author of the groundbreaking work Slut! explores the phenomenon of slut-shaming in the age of sexting, tweeting, and “liking.” She shows that the sexual double standard is more dangerous than ever before and offers wisdom and strategies for alleviating its destructive effects on young women’s lives.

Young women are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as “sluts.” Caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages, young women are confused. To fulfill the contradictory roles of being sexy but not slutty, they create an “experienced” identity on social media-even if they are not sexually active—while ironically referring to themselves and their friends as “sluts.”

But this strategy can become a weapon used against young women in the hands of peers who circulate rumors and innuendo—elevating age-old slut-shaming to deadly levels, with suicide among bullied teenage girls becoming increasingly common. Now, Leora Tanenbaum revisits her influential work on sexual stereotyping to offer fresh insight into the digital and face-to-face worlds contemporary young women inhabit. She shares her new research, involving interviews with a wide range of teenage girls and young women from a variety of backgrounds as well as parents, educators, and academics. Tanenbaum analyzes the coping mechanisms young women currently use and points them in a new direction to eradicate slut-shaming for good.

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The author of the groundbreaking work Slut! explores the phenomenon of slut-shaming in the age of sexting, tweeting, and “liking.” She shows that the sexual double standard is more dangerous than ever before and offers wisdom and strategies for alleviating its destructive effects on young women’s lives.Young women are encouraged to exp...

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Young women today are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as "sluts." Caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages, they're confused. To fulfill the contradictory roles of being sexy but not slutty, they create an "experienced" identity on social media—even if they are not sexually active—w...

Leora Tanenbaum is the author ofSlut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputationand a rising young talent of journalism today. She has written forNewsday,Seventeen,Ms., andThe Nation, among others, and appears regularly on a variety of national television programs. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006228259X

ISBN - 13:9780062282590

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. Who knew it was that bad? The title intrigued me. The first bit was worryingly slow. Then the Foucauldian analysis of power began. I haven't read such a lucid, real-world application of Foucault's ideas since...well...since ever, I think. And from there Leora Tanenbaum held my attention. Her feminism isn't the happy-warrior feminism I normally prefer, but it doesn't matter. Her writing is good, the personal stories she uses illustrative, her theoretical explanations solid, and her cause righteous. This is an exposé of the still prevalent sexual double standard that stands at the root of so many problems. Particularly, in this book, the definition, use, and dangers of the word slut. I Am Not A Slut is an eye-opener into the distressingly fragile world of the generations behind us. Social and self-policing of reputations is omnipresent; reputations are threatened; and these threats quickly morph into real - sometimes deadly - consequences. Women live this world so, being enmeshed in it, should read the book to understand the whole structure. Men should read this book because they're likely totally oblivious to this world. And fathers, they should just read the book because.
Date published: 2015-01-08

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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.”