Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World

Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World

"Slut" is a great word. It just sounds perfect-so sharp and clear and beautiful. It's one of those satisfying four letter words, like cunt and fuck. Slut also happens to be an anagram for lust, which is one of those divine coincidences that makes you wonder if God actually exists.We're lucky that slut is such a great word, because it's safe to say that almost every woman...

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Title:Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World
Author:Karley Sciortino
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Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World Reviews

  • Blanca

    I did NOT know what to expect when I picked this book up. I've dabbled in Karley's blog "Slutever" on and on since its conception, but I'd never been a "ride or die" fan. Mostly because I'm not sure I fall into the category of women Sciortino would refer to fondly as "sluts". In any case, this memoir is enthralling. From Catholic school in New Jersey to squatting in a loft in London to romping around New York, this is a memoir about modern sexual freedom. I couldn't put it down and read it in

    I did NOT know what to expect when I picked this book up. I've dabbled in Karley's blog "Slutever" on and on since its conception, but I'd never been a "ride or die" fan. Mostly because I'm not sure I fall into the category of women Sciortino would refer to fondly as "sluts". In any case, this memoir is enthralling. From Catholic school in New Jersey to squatting in a loft in London to romping around New York, this is a memoir about modern sexual freedom. I couldn't put it down and read it in two sittings, which is kinda crazy. There's one section of the book I particularly like where Sciortino criticizes Lena Dunham for conflating sexual workers and human trafficking. Lots of good stuff in here.

  • Olivia Hilyard

    I was either laughing, agreeing, or staring at the wall w "Jim Halpert face" because something I read was just so on point or over the top ridiculous

  • Madelaine

    This was really good. I recognize that nine times out of ten, when people laud authors for "not being afraid to be politically incorrect!", they're usually praising nazis or nazi-adjacent folks. Consider this to be the tenth time. Karley has a firm grasp on reality and its societal constraints but isn't afraid to dream big and imagine possibilities for our future. She isn't afraid to express opinions that she knows detract from an ~ultra woke progressive queen~ image. I wish she was a bit more

    This was really good. I recognize that nine times out of ten, when people laud authors for "not being afraid to be politically incorrect!", they're usually praising nazis or nazi-adjacent folks. Consider this to be the tenth time. Karley has a firm grasp on reality and its societal constraints but isn't afraid to dream big and imagine possibilities for our future. She isn't afraid to express opinions that she knows detract from an ~ultra woke progressive queen~ image. I wish she was a bit more politically honest with certain issues she addresses like sex work, but I recognize that's not in her purview or interest. I'd recommend this to anyone who has a vanilla view of sex and wants to learn more about alternate sexualities and lifestyles.

  • Anne-Marie DT

    Between untold eye-opening stories and enlightening facts, Slutever hits the nail on the head by addressing many sex-positive feminism challenges together and contributing pieces of the puzzle. With humour and passion, Karley contributes to boosting open-minded visions on sex and modern relationships.

  • Valerity (Val)

    I began to pass this book by just on the face of it. Then I read the description and I got interested and thought, "well why not delve deeper?" So I went ahead and got it.

    Vogue columnist and writer/producer Karley Sciortino knows her stuff when it comes to Slutology. It's been her area of interest as she developed along the way from high school in the US, finally escaping small town life to a brief attempt at university across the pond, then hanging out in London squats. She writes very

    I began to pass this book by just on the face of it. Then I read the description and I got interested and thought, "well why not delve deeper?" So I went ahead and got it.

    Vogue columnist and writer/producer Karley Sciortino knows her stuff when it comes to Slutology. It's been her area of interest as she developed along the way from high school in the US, finally escaping small town life to a brief attempt at university across the pond, then hanging out in London squats. She writes very intelligently yet in an entertaining way on what she does, and strongly believes in her right to sexual freedoms, sharing her attempts to find happiness in relationships in her chosen way of living.

    When her visa expires then it's back to the states, New York to be exact, where she takes up with a new guy, but then meets another guy too. It's a unique book, very honest and blunt and not for the faint of heart, obviously. A look at how some people live who choose to be free sexually and write about it. There are lots of anecdotes of her experiences through the years, many told in a humorous way, not in a graphic style.

    If you can't handle frank discussions of sex, porn, BDSM, threesomes, etc. then pass this book by. If you are interested in enlightenment, sexual freedom, kink talk, and more, then, by all means, check it out and also check out her other work. Sciortino founded "Slutever", a website that explores sexuality through both humor and intellect. She is also the creator and host of "Slutever", a documentary TV series, premiering on Viceland in 2018, that explores sexual behavior.

    I was given an advance digital copy by NetGalley, Karley Sciortino, and Grand Central Publishing in return for my honest review. Publication date is Feb. 6, 2018

  • Sonia Reppe

    In a #metoo world, I think it's refreshing when a woman proudly displays her sexuality and sexual choices, and in this case, her pro-slut stance and kinky confessions.

    Karley is a sex blogger. (If you're looking for erotica, look to erotica writers. This was interesting but not arousing). Karley shares her experiences, a lot of them are weird and kinky as she was doing research for her blog, but mostly, this is about deviant and kinky sexual behavior in context of societal norms and psychology

    In a #metoo world, I think it's refreshing when a woman proudly displays her sexuality and sexual choices, and in this case, her pro-slut stance and kinky confessions.

    Karley is a sex blogger. (If you're looking for erotica, look to erotica writers. This was interesting but not arousing). Karley shares her experiences, a lot of them are weird and kinky as she was doing research for her blog, but mostly, this is about deviant and kinky sexual behavior in context of societal norms and psychology and history and all that. Karley cites several books on sexuality. Oh- and she is a big slut.

    This article reveals much of the book:

  • Whitney Hansen

    This has been one of the hardest books to rate because there were so many quotations and anecdotes that I'd rate 5/5 followed by a plethora of problematic comments that I would rate -10000/5. Oofta. Overall, I'm happy to have read it but it took a lot of mental gymnastics to keep moving through the parts that were just immature and ignorant.

  • Claire

    This was a fun read- there’s a lot of sex-positive, feminist content, and the broad message that women should be able to explore complex and unconventional sexual experiences and identities is important. Some of the execution was a bit clumsy, but overall it was a good time.

  • Jeanne

    YIKES! The intentions behind this book are nice and all, but the execution is clumsy and cringeworthy. All the sex positive stuff is great, until it shits the bed. Anti-sex worker slurs are used as pejoratives in the same breath as the author claims sex workers should be respected, then she goes on to present many of the same slut shaming anti-sex worker stereotypes as true but in a “good way.”

    Then there’s the completely mishandling of rape culture or should I say “supposed rape culture.”

    YIKES! The intentions behind this book are nice and all, but the execution is clumsy and cringeworthy. All the sex positive stuff is great, until it shits the bed. Anti-sex worker slurs are used as pejoratives in the same breath as the author claims sex workers should be respected, then she goes on to present many of the same slut shaming anti-sex worker stereotypes as true but in a “good way.”

    Then there’s the completely mishandling of rape culture or should I say “supposed rape culture.” Fuuuuck! There is a whole section where the author is essentially gaslighting survivors of sexual assault, while claiming to support them and saying it’s never okay to do it. But then goes on to imply that pain and trauma (which she invalidates by framing it as shame and regret) is just a natural part of sex and that we should just get over it.

    The fundamental problem with this book is that, like much of White Choice Feminism it’s founded on the ignorant assumption that women can just will ourselves out of oppression, like it’s some Jedi mind trick and if we could just realize that sex is okay we will not have any problems with it ever again. This is a pleasant fantasy, but it ignore systemic and social pressure exerted upon women by outside forces. Not to mention intersections of oppression experienced by marginalized people (queer women, trans and nb folks, woc, etc.).

    Being okay with your own sexuality doesn’t shield you from discrimination in your job, losing custody of your kids or guard against sexual assault.

    Oh and bonus points for trivializing men’s experiences of sexual assault.

    Despite the author identifying as bisexual, this is an extremely heteronormative cis essentialist take on sex, sexuality, and how it impacts our self esteem and sexual choices.

    HARD FUCKING PASS!!!

  • Victoria

    DNF

    Initially I was intrigued because I thought this book was about reclaiming the word slut and the double standard women face, however, once I started reading I realized this is more of a memoir.

    I also had issues with some of the comments the author was making. She was insensitive and making jokes about eating disorders and also made comments about underage girls being in sexual relationships with older men (just mentioned them, didn't talk about how wrong it was).

    I also couldn't finish

    DNF

    Initially I was intrigued because I thought this book was about reclaiming the word slut and the double standard women face, however, once I started reading I realized this is more of a memoir.

    I also had issues with some of the comments the author was making. She was insensitive and making jokes about eating disorders and also made comments about underage girls being in sexual relationships with older men (just mentioned them, didn't talk about how wrong it was).

    I also couldn't finish reading the book because it was so heteronormative, only talking about women in relationships with men, and at one point even made a joke about how if there aren't enough men that want to date sluts women can "just become lesbians" (which is not how sexuality works...).

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