Monday, May 20, 2013

"Slut" Slamming

Sunday evening I tweeted:


Why is it that women who enjoy sex, enjoy being sexual and can embrace who they are get labeled as "sluts"? When are we going to stand united as women and not put up with postings like these:


A few years ago, during April (which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month) I did a post called "I am a Slut". It was highlighting a news article around stereotypes and slut shamming (this was also around the time that "Slut Walks" started sprouting around America). While that post was originally about the callings of sexual assault survivors "sluts" and saying that women are to blame for assaults based on what they wear...the idea still rings true. In today's society if I enjoy or have sex than I must be a slut.

We End Violence has an amazing clip on their website (starting about the 2:15 mark) that addresses the fact that "slut" is such a common word when we discuss women who have sex. Jeff Bucholtz works with the audience to break down and find out exactly what is a "slut"



 Now I'm not necessarily a poster child for being sexually provocative, or for having more sexual partners than I can count on both hands, but I am a woman who enjoys physical intimacy (goes to bars occasionally, wears "provocative clothing" etc). I am a woman who enjoys sex. And I am also not a woman who will shame others for being open about their sexuality.
 
 
I have since "unliked" the pages that promoted "slut" calling and sexuality shamming posts.
And will continue to do so.


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