I Am Not A Slut

I Am Not A Slut

Slut-shaming in the Age of the Internet

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062282590
006228259X
Characteristics: xx, 387 pages ; 20 cm

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Derringer
Oct 26, 2015

Just remember - When it comes to being called that nasty, 4-letter word "slut" (which is probably about 10x more toxic than being called a "bitch") - "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you."

In "I Am Not A Slut", author Leora Tanenbaum goes into great detail in order to discuss and address the negative impact of slut-shaming, as it exists today, over the internet.

Through in-depth interviews with 55 females (ages 14-22), all across the North American cultural and economic landscape, Tanenbaum recounts their stories of living in a sexual bind of a "good slut/bad slut" double standard where what's OK for male behaviour isn't all right for females.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 21, 2015

OK. Let's face it, all you girls - You can say "I am not a slut" all you want - But, according to author, Leora Tanenbaum, the awful truth is - It's not what you have to say about yourself that matters - No - It's what others say about you (especially on social media networks) that really makes the difference. And, if they say you are a slut, then, girl, it's time to change your identity, like, pronto!

And, believe me, you don't have to be born pure white-trash to be labelled a slut - 'Cause (as you'll soon find out by reading this book) sluts exist within every economic bracket, the world over.

Anyway - Cleverly sandwiching the word "slut" in between the words "sex" and "shit", author Tanenbaum discusses in great depth the total hypocrisy of the virgin/whore dichotomy. It truly is a double-standard that exists more than ever in today's society where countless young women (whether they "deserve it", or not) are tormented and stigmatized by being branded a slut.

Prior to reading Tanenbaum's book, I had never realized just how prevalent the word "slut" was being used today. If nothing else, Tanenbaum's book sure proved to me that in this day and age of internet anonymity, it doesn't take guts to be a bully.

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StarGladiator
Jun 29, 2015

This is actually a very good book, but as with her previous book, the author's reasoning sometimes gets confused as she is working within the status quo artificial construct, while really espousing logical human rights! The status quo is not, nor ever has, been about human rights; capitalism and religion, et cetera, are about hierarchical control - - the antithesis to human rights! And women who claim to be liberals, but are guilty of what the author points out, expose themselves for what they really are: rightwingers [such as Stephanie Miller and her ilk].

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