I've just started posting new, heartfelt poetry: "Lullabies for the End of the World." I am very open to exchanging critiques and starting conversations in the comments of the poems.
The UnSlut Project is now out as a book, called "UnSlut: A Diary and A Memoir"! You can order it online, or find it at a book store near you! http://zestbooks.net/unslut/
Also, there's a movie! Check out "UnSlut: A Documentary Film": http://www.unslutproject.com/the-film.html
When I was eleven years old, I was branded a slut by my classmates. For the next few years of my life, I was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, I didn't feel comfortable confiding in my parents or other adults in my life. I would have loved to be able to access an online community of women who had survived what I was going through; it would have given me reassurance to know that this time would pass and my life would get better.
So I decided to create The UnSlut Project in the hopes that my own diary entries could provide some perspective to girls who currently feel trapped and ashamed. I am publishing these entries one at a time, without changing a single word except for the names of the people involved. My limited commentary, which is confined to brackets in each entry, is meant to provide the relief of my current perspective, fifteen years later.
Watch my TEDxYouth talk here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=36l-UwlO9D4
The UnSlut Project is a collaborative effort to reach out to those girls and offer them some hope for the future. It is also a chance for us to prove, through sharing the details of our own experiences, that slut shaming is a strong negative force that has affected the lives of many women.
If you have had an experience you'd like to share, or if you can offer some words of advice and encouragement to young women who need them, please contribute here: http://www.unslutproject.com/share-your-story.html
- JoinedMay 2, 2013