Leora Tanenbaum coined the term “slut-bashing”–the precursor to the term “slut-shaming”–in 1999. Her newest book is I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet. This book offers a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of teenage girls and young women labeling each other “sluts” and “hos.” It has been named one of 11 “groundbreaking books about women making history” by Bustle.
I Am Not a Slut is a sequel to Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation, a staple in sociology and gender/women’s studies courses on college campuses around the United States. Slut! has been called one of the 20 “must-read books of all time for women” by Ecosalon.
Leora is also the author of Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. It exposes the fact that millions of American Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women love their religion but are deeply troubled over their inferior status as women within their faith.
Leora has also written Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, about the ways in which women often try to sabotage one another. Catfight was an alternate selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.