07/16/2015 by Zest Books no comments
There’s noÂ denying theÂ imbalance and misuse of powerÂ in ourÂ culture of sexual bullying and harassment. The manifestations may vary depending on environment (e.g., a college dorm or the TV set of a wildly popular early 90s family sitcom), but the repercussions for the victims are always the same, always devastating.
Ask any woman and chances are she can not only list all the times she’s experienced unwanted comments, touching, aggression, bullying, orÂ worse, but she can probably tell you how young she was when she firstÂ encountered said experiences. She was probably very young.
Here at Zest, though we like to keep readers apprised of forthcoming books, we usually keep most of the work under wraps until we get closer to publication date. There’s a few reasons for that;Â one is toÂ accommodate for any last minute changes. However, due to the timeliness and urgency of this issue, we want to introduce you all to Emily Lindin, founder of The UnSlut Project and author of our December release, UnSlut.
When Emily was elevenÂ she was branded a slut by her classmates, a reputation that followed herÂ for years, that broke her sense of self worth and led her almost to suicide.Â Zest is honored to publish Emily’sÂ heartbreaking and revealing diaries from that time in her life, alongside her present-day reflections.
It’s unfortunate that it takes an eleven-year-old’s diary to prove both the ubiquity andÂ ruin wrought by shaming and bullying, but Emily’s voice is also one of strength, demanding our attention to an issue of critical importance.
UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir
by Emily Lindin
Coming December 2015