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Slut Shaming Towards Women

Updated on November 27, 2017

For this blog entry, I will be explaining the context use of the word slut. While reading the I AM NOT a SLUT by Leora Tanenbaum, I have been able to see the change of definition of the word slut over the period of time. In the book, it also shows the use of the word by female teenagers and young women in college have used it with in other women. For example, the author got together with young girls to talk about the word slut, there was one girl who said that the word slut is a justification: “It;s so easy to label a girl– positively and negatively… ‘Oh, she’s a slut, don’t talk with her'” (Tanenbaum, L (2015) pp 49). When reading this quote from the book it does make sense how the word slut can be used negatively or positively it just depends on who is around you and have the understanding of the word.

The theory that can relate to the topic would be feminism. The reason why I chose the word feminism is that women are just trying to have the equality of the sexes and using the word slut is just a double standard given to women. A real life example would be when I was in high school hanging around with my peers they would be talking very negatively about a girl because of the way she dressed which was a little too revealing and they had categorized her as a slut. As a young girl and hearing others talk about other girls because of the way they are dressed or behave around boys and girls, I was learning not to fall into that category of a slut. Throughout high school, I was afraid to dress too girly and be misunderstood that is why I fell in the group of being a tomboy because I would rather hear that I a tomboy then to be called a slut.

The first article that I am going to use is by Pickel, K., & Gentry, L (2017), which has done a case study with college students making a judgment based on two high school students for slut shaming. Pickel, K., & Gentry, L has stated that the ending results were truly based on blaming the victim that was being bullied and that the school should change their policies to protect the victims. In the next article by Collet, Jessica L, Lizardo, Omar, Armstong, Elizabeth A, Hamilton, Laura T, Armstrong, Elizabeth M, & Seeley, J. Lotus. (2014), which has done an observation between two social classes how they word slut benefits and harms them. Collet, Jessica L, Lizardo, Omar, Armstong, Elizabeth A, Hamilton, Laura T, Armstrong, Elizabeth M, & Seeley, J. Lotus. (2014) has stated that higher status women use the word to define them as classy not trashy compared to the lower status women, who have a risk by the public of shaming them when they want to achieve higher in status. With in the two articles, we can see how the word slut is being used by different types of groups.

For this video, it will be talking about what does the word slut mean to a feminist. Some thought that word was a bad word and was a term that was normal to use on other women. This term has been said to mean promiscuous and is sexually active with multiple people. But in the video, it showed that many people have used the word slut in a positive way to help women who are “sluts” to feel empowered of what they do sexually. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/what-does-the-word-slut-mean-545844291920

For the first link to the website is talking about slut shaming and also it does demonstrate people who have experienced slut shaming and those who have not at all. I do think that if people hear others experiences of slut shaming it will help them, understand the word a little better and help prevent people from calling others a slut.

The second link to a website is talking about how we as a society should not claim the word slut. In the link, it does bring up the book that we are reading class which is I AM NOT a SLUT by Leora Tanenbaum and uses the book to support the reasoning of not wanting to claim the word slut.

References

Collett, Jessica L, Lizardo, Omar, Armstrong, Elizabeth A, Hamilton, Laura T, Armstrong, Elizabeth M, & Seeley, J. Lotus. (2014). “Good Girls”. Social Psychology Quarterly, 77(2), 100-122.

Pickel, K., & Gentry, L. (2017). Slut Shaming in a School Bullying Case: Evaluators Ignore Level of Harm When the Victim Self-Presents as Sexually Available. Sex Roles, 76(1), 89-98.

Tanenbaum, L. (2015). I am not a slut: slut-shaming in the age of the Internet. NY, NY: Harper Perennial.

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