Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation

Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation

by Leora Tanenbaum
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Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation by Leora Tanenbaum

Girls may be called "sluts" for any number of reasons, including being outsiders, early developers, victims of rape, targets of others' revenge. Often the labels has nothing to do with sex — the girls simply do not fit in.  An important account of the lives of these young women, Slut! weaves together powerful oral histories of girls and women who finally overcame their sexual labels with a cogent analysis of the underlying problem of sexual stereotyping.

Author Leora Tanenbaum herself was labeled a slut in high school.  The confessional article she wrote for Seventeen about the experience caused a sensation and led her to write this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060957407
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,218,919
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Leora Tanenbaum is the author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation and a rising young talent of journalism today. She has written for Newsday, Seventeen, Ms., and The 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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Slut: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
im_gonna_graduate_MP More than 1 year ago
When i first got this book, I thought that it was going to be a sap story about one girl. I am going to be completely honest, before this book i was a sexist 18 year old male growing up thinking that women are less equal than men, and everytime i heard someone of being called a slut or a whore that i looked at them as that, never considering anything else. This book isn't just a story, its realistically telling you the way women of all ages are looked upon and how they get the term "Slut" and what it really does too a person. After actually reading this book, i look at things alot differently. I have not used a term like slut since. I can honestly say that this book will change your perspective if you are just like me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The moment my mom saw the book, she asked me if I was a slut. She proved to me what society achieves with the word: if you don't acti like a lady, you can earn the name. It's an excellent book, makes you actually think about the connatations our society associates with words and phrases, particularly in high schools. It gives real life cases of how lives were harmed by it, and a more realistice picture into society than any other women's studies book I've read.
MC-4-EC More than 1 year ago
As i read the book "Slut!" not only was i impressed by how the author captured the exact essence of high school, but she also did a great job of picking out stories that could relate to everyone. She related womens right with womend morals and i find that to be spectacular because we deffinently, even now-a-days don't see completely equal rights. In this book she herself was a victim of this "slut" bashing and talks about how not even kissing a boy can make you a slut just because you are so prude. As wrong as it sounds most of this book is based on rumor. Not that her book was based off that, it's just that is what the kids do. Even as you get older girls nicknames from high school stay with them. It's not easy to shake something that effected you for many years of your life. i find this book to be very empowering and encourages women to speak up and take a stand for themselfs. This was a great book and i highly recomend it, if not for self encouragement, just as a book to help culture yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a girl in high school, and I think this book is one that really opened my eyes. I've called girls sluts plenty of times, sometimes as a joke, sometimes not. If not, it was always done behind the girl's back. I found myself feeling like a bit of a prude reading this book. I certainly don't endorse or condone teenagers having sex, or having casual sex with multiple partners with whom there is no shared emotional connection. That's not something I do, and it's not something my friends do. However, Leora Tanenbaum acknowledges the reader like me, and reminds us that the important message of this book is not that casual sex is okay, it's that sexual equality is important, and the standard should be the same for both girls and boys. Tanenbaum provides an abundance of examples of situations in which boys are allowed, expected even, to explore sexually, while girls are punished for doing the same thing. Sometimes girls are even punished for male sexuality. Girls are even punished for being raped. I think the biggest thing I've learned is to not judge people for what they do sexually. Or if I must, I should at least judge both sexes the same. The best thing about this book, hands down, were the personal stories. Tanenbaum provided incidents and numbers and ideas, but what really brought these to life, what really made me see how damaging 'slut-bashing' is were the essays written by former 'sluts' themselves. They shared their experiences candidly, and wrote about how their experiences affected them in the short term and in the long run, for better or worse. This book was surprisingly easy to read. There's not an overhwhelming amount of facts and figures, and though there are parts that are painful to read 'especially the chapter about rape', it was not hard to get caught up in the personal experiences recounted in the essays. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the privacy of my own home but i also read this book around town, in the car, and at sporting events, just having the book in my hand and seeing people read the title i got alot of questions. What are you reading? Why would you read a book with such title as Slut? I would tell them this is one of the best books that i have ever read. What made me want to read the book was the title. I found it very interesting. After reading the first couple of pages i was hooked. Tanenbaum was not afraid of saying things about the word Slut that most people would probably never say. I think that most intreging part about the book was the real stories of girls and women that have been taged with the word slut. While reading the text i would skim through the pages to see when the next true life story would be. I think that was the best part about the book the true life stroies. Some of the stroies a could relate to, and i think that alot of teens in high school could relate to the stories being told in the book. These stroies were very personal and a little scary. The stories where about just beign called a slut for no reason to, girls using drugs and sex to cope with the tag that was being put upon them. This might not be a book for everone but i would suggest that all teen girls read this book in hopes that they will take something positvie from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book i suggest it to everyone. male or female, it has an accurate view of how women are poorly portrayed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many young women and older women all across the globe can relate to the contents of this book in one way shape or form. It causes a person to unknowingly delve into their own childhood and teenage years, recollecting images or situations they long suppressed or overlooked. This is an excellent book for mothers to read with their daughters, or even vice versa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slut! is a fantastic book! The facts presented are awful as well as enlightening, and the personal stories interspersed throughout add perspective and reality to the statistics. The author seems, for the most part, to be unbiased and informative, adding her personal story but not basing the book on it. I highly recommend you pick this one up! If nothing else, it'll make you think twice about what you call girls you don't like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives insight into why girls label girls 'sluts' and what these girls can do about it. I recomend it to every girl, whether she was called a 'slut' or she was calling girls 'sluts'. A must-read for people in the education field.
SKRALCC More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought Slut! by Leora Tanenbaum was just okay. I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but i'll amdit that I did. By its bright cover I expected it to be a colorful book full of intruiging stories and words strong with female empowerment. However it seemed more like it was a book designed to epmower sluts. The book justified that it was okay for women to sleep with as many men as they liked. There was also a lot of excess information. In between stories i was informed on such information as the history or orgasms. However, this wasn't a horrible book. Even though it was a little longer than i would have liked, nestled in the pages was some fantastic information The book adressed the sexual double standard which is the undeniable fact that women and men get treated differenly in sexual relationships. It was very relatabale and brought up topics i have commonly contemplated. This book reassured the fact why I don't trust guys in the sexual area and why sex is such a confusing issue for America's youth
AH_McIntyre_SS3 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to see how some people (by people I mean women sicne men don't have a harsh name like "slut") are treated. Being in high school I hear words like "slut, whore, skank and sleez" thrown around all the time. I know sometimes a girl might have earned that rep by sleeping around but, in my experience most people say it when they are fighting. The book really opens your eyes to how ladies feel about there high school reputation when they become middle aged and how having sex one time influenced the way there fiance or boyfirend looked at them. This book is really going to make me think twice before I say something about some girl whether she earned that "slut" name or not.
SD_2010_RAL More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to anyone willing to learn about the word "Slut". When my teacher first told me about this book it stood out in my mind. I wanted to read it but so did so many other people. I had to actually purchase the book. The word slut can have so many different meanings and this book covered every single meaning. A lot of girls call other girls "slut" when they are fighting and sometimes as a term of endearment. Either way it's still a hurtful word. This book has changed my prospective on the way girls are treated. I will not use the word "slut" unless it's really needed in the situtation. If a girl sleeps around i think she deserves the name. It's not right to sleep around. Sex is not a game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely written from a feminist bias. Difficult to agree with the writers theories.