Generation S.L.U.T.

By: Marty Beckerman

Reviewed By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Generation S.L.U.T.
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The book cover of Generation S.L.U.T. is as provocative as its title. On the front is a teenage girl's legs with her pink panties on the floor, while on the flip-side, the back cover dons a teenage boy's legs with his heather boxers laying on his feet. This cover will no doubt turn the heads of casual onlookers in any bookstore.

Inside, Generation S.L.U.T. is littered with a distressful collection of quotes and statistics about teenage sexual behavior. If you ever wanted to know how many sexual partners the average fourteen-year-old girl has had, it's in this book. If you've ever wanted to read a quote from a girl who can't remember the names of the last people she had sex with, it's in this book. If the book were simply left to its well researched figures, and its collection of quotes from teenagers and articles, it would be nothing more than a scrapbook of shocking facts. However, the book's redeeming value is in its semi-fictional story that threads in and out of its numerous percentages, and tell-alls.

Marty takes the reader on a journey with several kids that end up being even more provocative and disturbing than the teenagers in the movie Kids. If it wasn't for the sobering realism of the events, along with the accompaniment of facts and quotes, the story itself might end up being a dark, pedophiliac story of titillation. Marty strikes a balance though. Just as you start to think you're reading a pulpy mix of teenage porn, he brings the reader back to reality. That reality being the meaninglessness of the S.L.U.T. generation. A meaninglessness that allows a girl to lose all respect for her body, and her life. A meaninglessness that regards ALL women as whores. And a meaninglessness that overwhelmingly erodes any sense of meaning in our sexuality, and ultimately, our self worth.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Ashley. She's a fictional character who has a reputation for having sex with just about anyone, and has difficulty remembering the names of the last people she's had sex with. She decides to attempt suicide after she realizes that she's given her body to several boys, but none of them end up inviting her to the prom. Feeling worthless, she downs the numerous sleeping pills from her mom's medicine cabinet, and ends up in the hospital for observation. This is her description of what it's like to be a teenage girl while talking to an intake doctor:

"You...you have to smile when you're not happy, and every guy you meet only wants one thing from you even if they don't say anything." She looked down at the floor. "And you have to make them think they can get you because that's why they talk to you in the first place, and you want them to talk to you because they're boys and you like them and that's just natural, right? And you spend all day in front of mirrors trying to look perfect so they'll like you, and then they make their move at a party or whatever and it's like you don't even have a choice anymore because you just want them to like you even though it's so obvious they only want to get in your pants, but you let them anyway because you just want someone to...God, why am I even telling you this?"

Generation S.L.U.T. is not for everyone. Some readers will find the fictional story as literary pornography, while others will appreciate its fresh candor on the sex lives of today's teenagers. No doubt, if a reader were to consume only certain parts of the book, many different descriptions could be made of it. However, its sum total is a truthful and necessary message for parents, teenagers, and educators. Marty has taken the veil off of a once secretive subject, and has served it as a full course meal to the unaware, and uninitiated. The book maintains a status of being for everyone, yet it's not for everyone. If you have a strong stomach, much like the kind needed to hear stories about surgery or bathroom mishaps at the dinner table, then you'll be able to handle this book.

Oh yeah. If you were wondering, S.L.U.T. stands for the clever phrase, "Sexually Liberated Urban Teen."

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