A Slutshelf Thank-You (Plus How You Can Keep the Conversation Going)
The Slutshelf Giveaway/Fundraiser is over and we have a winner!
Hooray, Eileen! There is an e-mail waiting for you in your inbox. :)
Since we went over 1,000 entries, my agent Kate Testerman and I are each donating $1,000 to the Freedom to Read Foundation, which provides support and advice for individuals fighting censorship of books in schools and libraries. Just imagine that under Donor Name it says your name, because you guys are the ones who made this happen. . .
Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and especially to those of you who shared your own stories of how slutshaming affected your life. Hearing your stories showed me how important it is to keep reminding each other that we aren't alone. Things like this happen to every woman, not because we're bad or we're asking for it, but because the culture we live in accepts the fallacy that a "slut" is something a woman or girl can be. We can change that. By continuing this conversation and supporting people and organizations who work for women's equality, we can make the world a better place for our sisters, daughters, mothers, and friends.
One way you can continue the conversation is by following the SVYA Lit Project from Teen Librarian's Toolbox. In addition to some excellent blog posts and other resources, they have a series of online discussion panels planned. The next virtual panel will be May 21st, and will feature the authors of two truly powerful books, Brandy Colbert, who wrote Pointe, and Courtney Stevens, who wrote Faking Normal.
These two books belong at the top of your reading list.
If you're looking for some non-fiction, here are some wonderful books that will simultaneously make you mad and hopeful.
Ready to get involved? Click over to the A Better World page on my web site for information on non-profits working to make the world a better place, as well as more reading and viewing suggestions.