Press

Select media appearances and press coverage:

LIVE TV & RADIO 

Pix11 NewsOrigins of Sexist Language

KUOWHow to Rethink Gendered Insults 

KPCC AirTalk —  ‘Ok Boomer:’ Intergenerational Shots Fired by Gen Z 

Sex With Emily on SiriusXM Amanda Montell Is a Wordslut 
 

WORDSLUT REVIEWS  

Kirkus Reviews — 6/4/19

“Just the kind of sharp, relevant scholarship needed to continue to inspire the next generation of feminist thought.” 

Publisher’s Weekly — 5/22/19 

“Readers seeking a fresh, intellectually stimulating take on feminism will enjoy this one.” 

Library Journal— 4/1/2019

"At its heart, this work reflects a tenet of sociolinguistic study: language is not divorced from culture; it both reflects and creates beliefs about identity and power." 

The New York Times — July 30, 2019

“Her delivery is light and humorous … but the lesson is serious and cannot be overstated: In countless ways, gender affects how we talk and how others hear us.”

New York Journal of Books 

Montell is entertaining, passionate, and widely read.” 

Manhattan Book Review — 10/2019

Wordslut is smart, evocative, and intelligently written, not to mention scathingly funny.” 

Time Magazine (print) — 6/3/2019

"In sharp and energetic prose, Montell makes readable deep dives into vocabulary."

Bust — July/August 2019 

“With humor and passion for the subject, and supplemented by fascinating asides, Montell illuminates the significance of dozens of words and linguistic habits.” 

Cosmopolitan — 5/2/19

“After you devour it in one sitting, you can whip out facts from its fascinating pages to shut down mansplainers at parties.” 

Marie Claire — 7/5/19

“Funny yet informative, Amanda Montell's debut will teach you how to deal with catcallers, the history of curses and every gender biased insult in between.“ 

Harper’s Bazaar — 4/18/20

“Amanda Montell’s uproarious, whip-smart guide to destigmatizing gendered language ... [is] achingly relevant.” 

Popsugar — 5/20/19

Wordslut is a nonfiction entry that is equal parts brash and highly entertaining, taking a deep look at how gendered language shapes who we are."

CNN— 7/26/19 

“You may find yourself rethinking your word choices once you wrap up this nonfiction superstar.” 

HypeBae — 5/6/19

"Do yourself a favor and pick through chapters such as 'Women Didn’t Ruin the English Language—They, Like, Invented It' or 'How To Confuse a Catcaller (And Other Ways To Verbally Smash the Patriarchy)' before heading into a meeting, a weird conversation, school, or, you know, general life."

The Adelaide Review —  6/17/19

Wordslut affirms a strong case for using vocabularies to verbally smash the patriarchy.” 

 

PODCAST APPEARANCES

Stuff Mom Never Told You Feminism and The English Language with Wordslut

Just Between Us Linguist Amanda Montell, Keeping the Spark Alive, and Abortion

Gloss Angeles Amanda Montell Dives Deep Into the Somewhat Problematic Language of the Beauty Industry

Black and Yellow Wellness in the Age of Capitalism

Feminist Book Club: The Podcast Amanda Montell, author of Wordslut

Fully Booked Amanda Montell

Permission to Speak How to Check Your Bias: Women’s Voices with Amanda Montell

Hollywood Signs Alia Shawkat with Amanda Montell

Vocal Fries Word Slut

Bad With Money Being Sold a Better You During COVID-19 with Amanda Montell

First Draft Amanda Montell

Next GenHERation How One Feminist Linguist is Urging Others to Take Back Gendered Insults

Bossed Up Why The Term “Girl Boss” Isn’t As Empowering as You Think

Hello Beauty How to Leverage Language to Be More Confident from Amanda Montell, Linguist and Author

Forked Up: A Thug Kitchen Podcast —  Amanda Montell: #BEMEANER

Twenty NothingFeminist Linguistics In Your 20s with Amanda Montell 

A Little Too MuchAmanda Montell 

 

INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

Paste MagazineAmanda Montell Talks Wordslut, Her Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Hello GigglesUptalk, vocal fry, and using the word "like" are signs you're linguistically savvy—this book proves why

HerCampusHow to Work at a Magazine All Day & Write a Book by Night, According to Amanda Montell

Beautiful PeopleAmanda Montell, Pop Linguist and Author (VIDEO)

CovenWords from the Wordslut

The Daily PrettyBook review and Interview with author Amanda Montell

 

WORDSLUT EXCERPTS 

Time MagazineWhy Saying ‘Like’ a Lot Is Like, Actually a Good Thing 

Medium A Cultural History of Feminine Nouns Turned Into Insults 

NylonWhy Women Should Not Be Shamed for Saying “Like” 

LitHubOn the Great Old White Guy Vocal Fry Panic of 2013

Amanda Montell
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