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Generation S.L.U.T.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace Paperback – February 24, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (February 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471091
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.L.U.T. is Beckerman's acronym for Sexually Liberated Urban Teens, and in this outrageous, chilling blend of fact and fiction, the 20-year-old author characterizes his view of his generation: hypersexual, emotionally vacant, and disturbingly tolerant of abuse. Beckerman sets his story in a high-school social scene in which parties are seemingly joyless orgies of detached sex. Naive, sensitive Max is an anomaly, unlike his crass friend Brett. Julia is a new girl with soul and integrity; Trevor is a precocious young tycoon, adored by his parents, who is actually a rapist and a pornographer. The slight story about Max's first crush and Trevor's profound villainy is overpowered by Beckerman's purposeful unveiling of the vicious social climate: there's an extremely graphic gang rape, several kids attempt suicide, and parents are caricatures of ineffectuality. Beckerman runs into some trouble with occasional autobiographical segments that show he is clearly a participant in the world he chronicles; a swagger (references to the state of his penis and his favorite sexual position, for example) seeps into some of his writing, undermining what seems to be his strident message: a generation is being lost. He reinforces that message much more effectively with the deeply unnerving "S.L.U.T. Stats," culled from journalism and medical studies, that appear throughout the book, and it's this skillfully edited compilation of contemporary teen attitudes toward sex that is perhaps this disturbing book's best justification for purchase. Gillian Engberg
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Hunter S. Thompson Good work, you morbid little bastard.

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Marty Beckerman is the author of #1 Amazon.com bestselling parody THE HEMING WAY (St. Martin's Press), which USA Today called "laugh-out-loud," and most recently '90s ISLAND. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Maxim, Wired, Mental Floss, Nerve, Salon, Discover, the Daily Beast and MTV.

Customer Reviews

The sexual lives of teenagers are not distinguished by race or class; it is entirely based on gender.
Hedonist
I also found the way they worked into the book a very creative and unique idea (and yes, a good idea as well).
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This book feels more like it is written by someone who is sex crazed rather then a look critique of anything.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Gautner on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I borrowed Beckerman's book from a friend after seeing him appear on Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor." I almost immediately began to like Beckerman as he drug out two verbal cannon balls that absolutely no one any older than Beckerman would dare drag out. First, was his insinuation that there was a backlash from the feminist revolution affecting Generations X and Y. Secondly, he slipped a comment about parents buying their 13 year-old daughters thong panties in under the wire, and neither Bill nor his other guest either heard it, or knew quite how to respond. The fact that Beckerman is willing to raise these issues in such a point-blank fashion earns him three stars.
Here is where he loses two stars. Firstly, he detests the culture of teen sex without emotional connection, but MTV publishes the book. This is the reason I borrowed the book rather than buying the book. If I am as outraged by the trashy `poptarts' in the malls being `chaperoned' by their `fifty-going-on-fifteen' mothers as Beckerman, I am unlikely to be a big fan of MTV - the largest purveyor of classless and clueless as cool. He should have held out for a more credible publisher. Secondly, Beckerman's `story and stats' technique doesn't work for me. If he wanted to write a story it would have had to have some subtlety (see the short story "Lust" by Susan Minot for example), and if he wanted to write social commentary, he should have simply done it (see "A Return to Modesty," by Wendy Shalit, or "Modern Sex: Liberation and its Discontents," edited by Myron Magnet).
Ultimately, Beckerman's language and stylistic tactics are products of the same generation's relativism he is so critical of. Beckerman is right to indict a shameless generation, and incriminate the parent's for the part they've played in it.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dan Brady on May 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'll admit it - the quoted review by Hunter S. Thompson was a large factor in my decision to buy this book. After having read the book, I can only assume that when he read it, Thompson was, well ... Hunter S. Thompson.

This story may have some relevance to some small segments of today's teens - but it's certainly not representative of the majority of them. The 'bad guy' is an overblown Eddie Haskell (anyone else remember Leave It To Beaver?), held up as an icon of success by parents, fantastically wealthy from his own earnings, amazingly sadistic, and totally without fear of consequences - easy to despise, difficult to believe at all.

Are there parents as absent and ineffectual as this book depicts? Certainly. Are there teens as vicious and depraved as are shown in this story? Oh, probably. Is anyone as shallow and unthinking as the author claims is typical in the generation being "exposed" in this book? If there is, I've never met them.

By the author's own admission, he was unable to lose his virginity until he was 18, yet he describes a high school world of casual sex and weekend orgies with no consequences at all. In essense, he whines about being excluded from this world he invents while he sneers at it.

Some titilating scenes, a fair narrative voice - not a total waste of time, but it certainly does not live up to the hype.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Panarion on April 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Having ploughed through Mr Beckerman's sophomoric ramblings in 'Death to All Cheerleaders', I thought that perhaps, just maybe, given a more focused agenda (as opposed to scattershot bitching at a bunch of easy targets) Marty might produce something of lasting value. Instead we've been given a truly dreadful, sleazy paean to adolescent sexual nihilism. And why not, eh! Bound to sell a few books. Except...well, if badly written nonsense purporting to be the truth, hollow shock journalism, facile theorising and extremely suspect personal anecdotes are your cup of chai, then you might enjoy yourself. For everyone else, I'd leave this well alone. Marty clearly shows his influences, namely Fitzgerald, Thompson and Burroughs with a big healthy injection of Brett Easton Ellis, without ever once displaying any of their wit and style. Ultimatly this is nothing more than a sickly wallow in base human behaviour by a sneering, loutish dunce with a few 10 dollar words, plagiarised attitudes and pretensions to insight. The exploitative manipulation of a few pathetic minors is just the icing on that particular cake
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on February 5, 2005
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There are two very frightening things about this book: the fact that the author seems to believe what he's saying, and the fact that others who haven't recently been teenagers may believe him also. But there aren't any actual facts in Generation S.L.U.T. Even many of the statistics that Beckerman has compiled are disputable and based on questionable data collection methods. His analysis of why today's adolescents are "sex-crazed" is that the feminist movement is to blame, yet he does no analysis of the male villain of the fictional sections of this book, a young man who turns disturbing power fantasies into reality. In fact, all of his fictional characters lack development-Beckerman created so much external drama that the real internal struggles are never apparent. Which is sad, because there is a lot to be said for the young and depressed who are often feeling too alone to say anything for themselves.

This book purports to be a voice for Generation Y, but Beckerman is too caught up in his own misogynistic universe to really analyze the situation with true depth. If you want to find out what's really going on with today's young people, I suggest you speak to someone a little more balanced . . . unfortunately, the balanced ones don't seem to be published.
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