Written by Jillian Washburn
Today’s topic is slut-shaming; for those of you are unfamiliar with what that is, here’s a quick lesson! Slut-shaming is when a person, more often than not a woman, is shamed or attacked for being sexual, acting sexual, looking sexual, etc. It seems that putting a woman down for her number of or perceived number of sexual partners is a popular and acceptable thing to do in our society. So popular in-fact that Taylor Swift sings in her song Better Than Revenge “She’s not a saint and she’s not what you think; She’s an actress, whoa; she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress”. Messages such as these have the implication that the woman in question isn’t a good person because she has sex. Calling a woman a slut is something that has become so embedded in our vocabulary, it’s not surprising, that when calling someone a slut people don’t feel or seem to feel remorse for the person they just labeled. Slut-shaming is another way to keep women in line. Starting at a young age women are expected to have a limited amount of partners or limited sexual experience, meaning one or none. If a woman breaks from that desired path or “acts like a man” for lack of a better phrase, she is then labeled a slut. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is no such thing as a slut. If two people consent to have sex or hook up, whatever that may entail, then that’s their choice. It may not be something you agree with, but doesn’t mean that you can slut-shame someone. People are often too concerned with what others are doing, too busy judging and labeling. They’re doing their own thing, do yours.