Last September’s celebrity photo hack confirmed that even women in high-powered positions (like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst) are susceptible to the kind of slut-shaming that makes nude pictures of female celebrities a “scandal” to begin with. Unfortunately, the most oft-slut-shamed among us lack the experience and skilled PR battalions to combat a full-on social media attack — young women in high school and girls in middle school who are, paradoxically, culturally encouraged to sexualize their image and then swiftly punished for doing just that. Tonight, author and grassroots feminist Leora Tanenbaum discusses the maddening practice and reads from her new book, I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet. Fifteen years after her 1999 memoir Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation, Tanenbaum outlines how the custom has translated from IRL Scarlet Letter–style shit to an explosive online phenomenon.
Tue., Feb. 3, 7 p.m., 2015