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Wordslut
Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language | Amanda Montell
A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us, written with humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them. I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montells brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide.Jill Soloway The word bitch conjures many images for many people, but it is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman. Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didnt refer to gender at allit originated as a gender-neutral word meaning genitalia. A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a female insult is the case for tons more terms, including hussywhich simply meant housewifeor slut, which meant an untidy person and was also used to describe men. These words are just a few among historys many English slurs hurled at women. Amanda Montell, reporter and feminist linguist, deconstructs languagefrom insults and cursing, gossip, and catcalling to grammar and pronunciation patternsto reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women and other marginalized genders from power. Ever wonder why so many people are annoyed when women talk with vocal fry or use the word like as a filler? Or why certain gender-neutral terms stick and others dont? Or where stereotypes of how women and men speak come from in the first place? Montell effortlessly moves between history, science, and popular culture to explore these questions and moreand how we can use the answers to effect real social change. Montells irresistible humor shines through, making linguistics not only approachable but both downright hilarious and profound, demonstrated in chapters such as: Slutty Skanks and Nasty Dykes: A Comprehensive List of Gendered Insults How to Embarrass the Shit Out of People Who Try to Correct Your Grammar Fuck it: An Ode to Cursing While Female Cyclops, Panty Puppet, Bald Headed Bastard and 100+ Other Things to Call Your Genitalia Montell effortlessly moves between history and popular culture to explore these questions and more. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, marvels at its elasticity, and sheds much-needed light into the biases that shadow women in our culture and our consciousness.
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Reagan
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This is due back tomorrow, and I‘m going to see the extended, director‘s cut of Midsommar after work, so I have a late night of raging against the patriarchy ahead of me. This book is fabulous and changing the way I feel about my own speech patterns (I say like a lot) in a positive way. I‘ll definitely buy this. I‘ll finish reading the library copy first 😂

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Reagan
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Ugh 🧠 💣 that‘s emoji for mind blown. I‘m excited to get into this one! It feels so good to be reconnecting with nonfiction.

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jackday
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So damn educational and entertaining. Definitely need to read again for a review.

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NotCool
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I wanted to like this book. I think I would have, but I have a problem with “reclaimed” words. When people can, and do, scream something at you to make you feel bad, it doesn‘t feel reclaimed. I wince internally every time someone uses certain words. So I‘m interested in books that talk about words like “bitch” or “slut”, but I‘m not comfortable with a book that uses those terms in a jokey, casual “between us us girls” way. YMMV.

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i-am-papercrane
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1. I‘ve always liked the word ‘toilet‘ for some reason. My favorite word is Spanish is ‘alfombra‘ because it is so much fun to say.

2. Segue and hors d‘oeuvres have been the recent ones.

3. Zeugma

4. Besides ‘hellow‘, incorrect grammar, mainly. ‘Deep breathes‘ and ‘nervous/excited‘ are the gems from my creative writing club.

#hellothursday #language #words #creativewriting

TheReadingMermaid Thanks for the tag sweetness 😘❤️ 5mo
wanderinglynn Great words! Thanks for playing! 💜 5mo
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B.Reader
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Loving this listen so far! Perfect intersection of #booklove, language, and #feminism.

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