SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence – AVAILABLE FROM THE FEMINIST PRESS FEBRUARY 10, 2015

“Truthful, raw, immediate! See this play and witness what American young women live with everyday.”
– Gloria Steinem

“Engrossing drama” – New York Magazine

“An insightful look at the sensitive issues of rape and the double standard that celebrates sexual activity by boys but denigrates it for girls.”
– Time Out New York

December 4, 2014 – NEW YORK, NY – One in five women will be raped in her lifetime. This violence negatively impacts all of us. Longest running women’s publisher in the world The Feminist Press and the award-winning theater program The Arts Effect have teamed up to produce StopSlut, a multi-platform youth-led movement that uses cultural expression to transform rape culture, and publish SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence, edited by Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney of The Arts Effect (Feminist Press, Feb. 2015).

StopSlut is a call to action, providing tools—a book, a play, and workshops—to activate communities. The new book, SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence, is the roadmap for this growing social movement.

The project began in 2013 with the development of SLUT: The Play. Created by The Arts Effect in collaboration with New York City high school students, it debuted to sold-out audiences as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and NYC Off Broadway Encore Series. The script is available for educational licensing through The Feminist Press.

For more information and to watch a trailer, please see http://stopslut.org/

The release of SLUT: A Play and Guidebook will coincide with the launch of a robust digital campaign, a multi-city play and workshop tour traveling to NYC, Boston, and Washington DC, as well as a ten-city inaugural campus initiative in spring 2015 – all to expand and introduce communities to StopSlut and the StopSlut Coalition, a community of young people across the country taking action against sexism and sexual violence. This dynamic project provides the crucial tools to address rape and bullying culture, issues now receiving unprecedented political and media attention.

“The Feminist Press was founded to provide the first texts for the then-burgeoning women’s studies classes 45 years ago. Today, we continue to crucial resources and literature that address a diverse range of contemporary feminist issues,” says Jennifer Baumgardner, Executive Director of the Feminist Press. “SLUT is so much more than a book. It’s a movement and provides the tools and resources to inspire meaningful change in our communities—and ourselves.”

The publication includes: the original play by Katie Cappiello, production notes, a discussion guide, personal stories from young people across the country, and provocative essays by Carol Gilligan, Jennifer Baumgardner, and Black Women’s Blue Print, among others. SLUT is available for review and creators Jennifer Baumgardner, Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, teen cast members of SLUT: The Play and youth leaders of StopSlut Coalition are available for interview.

As StopSlut continues to grow, educational institutions nationwide have committed to joining the StopSlut Coalition,. So far, ten universities and colleges have signed on to present SLUT: The Play in 2015: Amherst College, Harvard University, MIT, University of Montana, The New School, North Dakota State University, Pace University, Rutgers University, St. Cloud State University, and Stanford University.

We all must take a stand against sexual assault, rape culture and slut shaming. With popular mainstream media primed to take on this conversation (Law + Order’s Special Victim’s Unit, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder), a surge of cutting-edge activism (Hollaback’s 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman, the #Carrythisweight movement, Girls for Gender Equity’s Hearing on Girls of Color), and with more than 80 schools being investigating for alleged violations of Title IX, now is the time to make young voices heard.  Please see attached for more information about the history of the play, upcoming events and creators’ bios.

We look forward to your review coverage of this important project!

For more information contact:

Lisa Weinert
Lisa Weinert Consulting
lisa@lisaweinert.com
917.399.5268

Heather Huzovic
Heather@lisaweinert.com
917.826.7321

Elizabeth Koke
, Feminist Press
212.817.7928
ekoke@gc.cuny.edu

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Email: ekoke@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: 212.817.7928
Country: United States
Website: http://stopslut.org/