Join Amanda Montell in conversation with Libia Marqueza Castro, M. Ed.
A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us, written with humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them.
Amanda Montell, reporter and feminist linguist, deconstructs language—from insults and cursing, gossip, and catcalling to grammar and pronunciation patterns—to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women and other marginalized genders from power. Ever wonder why so many people are annoyed when women talk with vocal fry or use the word like as a filler? Or why certain gender-neutral terms stick and others don’t? Or where stereotypes of how women and men speak come from in the first place?
Montell effortlessly moves between history, science, and popular culture to explore these questions and more—and how we can use the answers to effect real social change. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, marvels at its elasticity, and sheds much-needed light into the biases that shadow women in our culture and our consciousness.
AUTHOR: Amanda Montell is a writer and reporter from Baltimore with bylines in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, The Rumpus, Byrdie.com, and WhoWhatWear, where she is the staff features editor. As a pop linguist, Amanda's insights have been featured in Glamour, Bustle, Refinery29, Hello Giggles, and Bust Magazine. Amanda graduated from NYU with a degree in linguistics. She lives in Los Angeles.
Libia Marqueza Castro, M. Ed: (she/her/ella) is an intersectional feminist and advocate for minoritized communities. As the Student Government Coordinator for the Associated Students of Sonoma State University, Libia uses Chicana and Black feminism, critical vulnerability, and critical emotionality to guide her advisement of college students in leadership roles. She has presented nationally on utilizing Chicana feminism and leadership competencies to guide higher education advising practices and firmly believes in the power of reclaiming language and emotions within minoritized populations. Libia received her masters in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and her bachelors in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, you can find Libia learning new board games, reading through her stacks of books, or mastering her abuelas’ recipes.