Every gal will fall victim to slut-shaming at some point in her life -- whether it's by other women, men or a conservative pundit. When it becomes socially acceptable to call a stranger who speaks openly about insurance mandates for contraceptives "slut" and "prostitute" on nationally syndicated radio, it's clear that the "war on women" is more than a hashtag or political rhetoric. In response to the recent (ahem) rush of lady-hate, Left Bank Books and That Uppity Theatre Company present Sticks & Stones: Sluts Talk Back. Writers, elected officials, musicians and activists (including representative Stacey Newman) will gather at the downtown location of Left Bank Books (321 North Tenth Street; 314-436-3049 or www.left-bank.com) for a slut-centric discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14. Debasing language, reproductive rights and domestic violence will be covered, but all are welcome to attend this free event and contribute to the affirmative dialogue.
Mon., May 14, 2012