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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a clear opening or window into the sweet sex now and forever culture of the time.
Loved the way everything was clear and nothing left out.
I have been for a long time interested in books about the men and women and cultural studies. That is what I thought I was getting with this book. I was wrong. Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Travis Starnes
There is no reason this book had to be written. All you have to do is listen to a crowd of pre-teens or teenagers at a nearby mall. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by Hedonist
Alright, I tend to steer away from MTV products, but this one intrigued me. I barely paid attention to MTV when I was a teenager, and I would say I was the venerable outcast in... Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by Gradient Vector Field
This book was purchased for the statistical content and it's research value only. For those purposes it was an effective resource. Read morePublished on December 6, 2007 by Dawn Scholz
This book is very boring, full of stories that never end, with ONE POINT: all teenagers have no respect for their bodies, and they are having sex like rabbits! Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by F. Zaki
What KIDS did in film, this book does for literature. It's a must read for any one who wants to know what their children just might be up to.Published on October 5, 2006 by Guillermo
Finally, an exposition of the dark truth of American teenagers. This book definetely showed the horrific state of American teenager's lifestyles without holding back. Read morePublished on June 23, 2006
Beckerman is completely insane -- and that's a good thing. What he has done is to throw back the curtain to show us the horrible moral decay that has afflicted the children of the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Robert Stacy Mccain