Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
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About the Author
Amanda Montell is a writer and reporter from Baltimore with bylines in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, The Rumpus, Byrdie.com, and WhoWhatWear, where she is the staff features editor. As a pop linguist, Amanda's insights have been featured in Glamour, Bustle, Refinery29, Hello Giggles, and Bust Magazine. Amanda graduated from NYU with a degree in linguistics. She lives in Los Angeles. Find her on Instagram @amanda montell.
Grounded in decades of innovative feminist scholarship, full of witty personal stories, and written with the pragmatic aim of disrupting and changing the status quo, this is a humorous and important book for anyone interested in gender equality, wordplay, or fostering precise communication. Just the kind of sharp, relevant scholarship needed to continue to inspire the next generation of feminist thought.--Kirkus Reviews
"I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montell's brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide."--Jill Soloway
“Amanda Montell has given validation and tools to those of us who have always felt wrong in our guts about the way gender permeates our means of communication and the criticisms often lobbed at women for how we talk. Wordslut is brilliant fun and empowers all women to give ourselves a voice.”--Gaby Dunn, author of Bad with Money
“As a bitch who says bitch and loves to talk about bitches, this smart and freakishly entertaining book awakens parts of my brain I didn't know existed while tickling all my foul-mouthed, feminist, word-obsessed fancies. If you're a human who speaks English and aren't reading this, then what on earth are you doing.”
“This feisty, fascinating critique of the English language will make you feel smarter after every paragraph. Amanda Montell's analyses are sharp and provocative but also funny and accessible. She's the cool feminist nerd we need.”--Whitney Cummings, creator of 2 Broke Girls
“At its heart, this work reflects a tenet of sociolinguistic study: language is not divorced from culture; it both reflects and creates beliefs about identity and power. Modern stylings situated within foundational research will hopefully bring a new audience to the field of language and gender studies.”
“Wordslut is filled with fascinating info about the sexist history of our
language: I literally said 'whoa' multiple times while reading this book.
It is so witty and brilliant. Men and women both need to read it.”--Blyth Roberson