by: Amanda Montell
Release date: Mar 18th, 2019

Her Story is a book club that meets at Hub City Bookshop on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss books about women, by women. Meet us on zoom OR in the Bookshop for our book club on Wednesday, April 12th at 6pm to discuss Wordslut by Amanda Montell. We normally meet the first Wednesday of the month, but THIS month, we're moving to the second week since so many readers will be on spring break.  Did you know hussy originally meant “housewife? Did you know slut originated as meaning “an untidy person” and was also used to describe men? We can't wait to explore "history’s many English slurs hurled at women."  At present, we're continuing our hybrid model: you can join us on Zoom or come to the Bookshop!  Either way, book club will begin at 6 p.m. Happy reading! Read More

Hardcover - $26.99
(ISBN: 978-0062868879)

The word "bitch" conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman. Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn’t refer to gender at all—it originated as a gender-neutral word meaning genitalia. A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a female insult is the case for tons more terms, including hussy, which simply meant “housewife,” or slut, which meant “untidy” and was also used to describe men. These words are just a few among history’s many English slurs hurled at women. 

Amanda Montell, feminist linguist and staff features editor at online beauty and health magazine Byrdie.com, deconstructs language—from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation patterns—to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women form gaining equality. Ever wonder why so many people are annoyed when women use the word “like” as a filler? Or why certain gender neutral terms stick and others don’t? Or even how linguists have historically discussed women’s speech patterns? Wordslut is no stuffy academic study; Montell’s irresistible humor shines through, making linguistics not only approachable but both downright hilarious and profound.

Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell is a writer and linguist from Baltimore born in the winter of 1992. She is the author of two nonfiction books: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (forthcoming from Harper Wave in June 2021) and the critically acclaimed Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (Harper Wave, 2019). Wordslut has earned praise from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher's Weekly, among others, and Amanda is currently developing the book for television with FX, serving as creator, writer, and executive producer.

As a reporter and essayist, Amanda's writing has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Bustle, The Rumpus, Byrdie, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty Editor. Amanda holds a degree in linguistics from NYU and lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys learning impractical languages and doting upon her spoiled pets. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell.

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