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A film about the dangerous reality of sexual bullying and slut shaming in our schools, communities, media, and culture.

I've shared my diaries from when I was sexually bullied in middle school on The UnSlut Project website. Many women and girls have contributed their own stories. Now it's time to spread the word.

"Slut: A Documentary Film" will demonstrate the extent of sexual bullying and slut shaming in our schools, media, and culture; and explore the steps we can all take to work toward change right here in the United States and Canada.

I founded The UnSlut Project a few months ago as a blog of my own diary entries from when I was sexually bullied in middle school, as well as an online community for women to share their experiences with slut shaming and sexual bullying. Now I've partnered with director Jessica Caimi to bring this message to a larger audience with this documentary film project.

"Slut: A Documentary Film" will feature the stories of girls who were driven to suicide by sexual bullying, interviews with women who have experienced the effects of slut shaming in their own lives, and the opinions of media figures, sexologists, psychologists, and other experts.

What is "slut shaming," anyway?

Slut shaming involves denigrating a woman or women generally for perceived or real sexual behavior. It ranges from something like one teenager calling another teenager a “slut” for wearing a short dress to mainstream media coverage of rape that puts blame on the victim or victims. It is closely tied to the practice of sexual bullying and the concept of “rape culture,” which refers to society’s dismissal or even condoning of rape.

How Can You Help?

We need your help to make sure the countless women who have been victims of sexual bullying and slut shaming have their voices heard. It's time for this message of equality and respect to reach a broader audience. Please donate whatever you can to help us make this project a reality!

Follow The UnSlut Project on Facebook and Twitter, and help us spread the word about this film by using #slutfilm and #unslut.

Rewards

At the request of some of our awesome backers, we've decided to add a new $50 reward level! Now, if you pledge $50 or more, you'll get a limited edition T-shirt, pictured below. Our T-shirts are available for all genders and sizes. And don't worry if you've already pledged less than $50 - the T-shirts will be available for purchase on our website as well, once we reach our goal!

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In addition to the new T-shirts, our rewards include an opportunity to have your photo featured on the "Slut: A Documentary Film" poster! It will be an awesome photo collage of all of you, who helped make this project a reality. Note: You can totally opt out of having your photo included, if you want to remain anonymous. At higher levels, rewards include VIP tickets to the film's premiere, a presentation and workshop by Emily Lindin at your school or community center, an honorary Producer credit, and more!

Who's On Board? (Check back for updates)

Do you have an idea of someone whose voice would be an important contribution to "Slut: A Documentary Film"? Let us know and we'll get in touch with them! We're incredibly excited to have these amazing people committed to being featured in the film so far:

Dr. Betty Dodson: Artist, author, and world-renowned clinical sexologist.

Carlin Ross: Entrepreneur, sex educator, and author.

Dr. Ted McIlvenna: Founder and president of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Dr. Shira Tarrant: Author, nationally recognized expert on gender politics, and professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Melissa Jones: Clinical sexologist and board-certified sexuality educator at the Sexology Center in San Antonio, TX.

Twanna Hines: American writer, sex educator, and personality, also known as Funky Brown Chick.

Zhana Vrangalova: Lead researcher of the 2013 study "Women Reject Sexually Promiscuous Peers When Making Female Friends" at Cornell University.

Leora Tanenbaum: Author of "Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation."

Erin Crickett: Public Education Coordinator at the Sexual Assault Center in Hamilton, Ontario (SACHA).

Natalie Mills: Licensed marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, CA, specializing in sex, intimacy, and sex workers' issues.

Gina Tron: Published the story of her own rape and subsequent slut shaming by police and other officials in Vice Magazine.

The Money

This film will be a low-budget production, so every dollar counts. Please give whatever you can! Our funding goal represents the minimum needed to make this film; if we beat our goal (!), we'll put the surplus money toward traveling to interview even more women who have important stories to share.

The money we raise will be used to fund some of the production costs, such as:

Equipment rental: We'll be renting an HD camera with audio equipment.

Travel: We'll be conducting interviews with various experts, as well as women who want to share their stories all over the United States and Canada. We are seasoned budget travelers and know how to plan an efficient trip, but we'll still need to fund plane tickets, hostel stays, and on-the-go meals.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest challenge that we face in getting "Slut: A Documentary Film" out to the world is that many people don't believe slut shaming is a dangerous force in our society. This might present challenges in acquiring parental signatures on releases for the appearance of minors, whom we hope to feature in interviews in the film. In many cases, we will be able to address this issue by having honest, open-minded conversations with these parents about what we hope to accomplish with this film.

Though our crew is small, our film will involve the work and opinions of many experts located around North America, and we face the challenge of working our travel plans around their often quite busy schedules. If we arrive in a city and have to reschedule interviews last-minute, we will use any down time to talk with people on the street of that city. We hope that asking direct, honest questions of a large sampling of people in various metropolitan areas will provide valuable cultural information about views on female sexuality. Unexpected rescheduling issues will just give us more time to put toward these impromptu street interviews!

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