What Is Slut Shaming

| September 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Issue of Slut Shaming

What Slut Shaming Is and Why It Is Such A Big Problem

Slut Shaming – In my recent post about Belle Knox The Duke Porn Star, I talked about an issue known as “Slut Shaming.” Since we have not yet posted about this social phenomenon, I figured it was time to address and explain it.

Slut shaming is an important yet complex topic that is very relevant today. Slut shaming occurs on a daily basis. It happens both in daily interactions between people. It also happens on a much larger scale in the media and online. In this article, we’ll be exploring what slut shaming is, its roots, causes and what can do to stop it.

What is Slut Shaming?

Slut shaming is the act of shaming or insulting women for expressing their sexuality. This is always a subjective issue. A woman might be labeled a slut not only for being sexually active. She may be labeled a slut for dressing a certain way or even just talking certain way.

The exact meaning of the pejorative term “slut” is quite relative. It really depends on the mindset of the accuser – who may be male or female. The victims of slut shaming, however, are always female.

Men are sometimes referred to as sluts. But when they are, the term is typically used jokingly or even as a backhanded compliment about a man’s sexual prowess.

Some common examples of slut shaming include:

  • Critical remarks made to girls or women at school or at a workplace, such as “you dress like a slut / whore.”
  • Hostile, sexually-oriented comments about female celebrities posted on the internet.
  • Flame wars on the internet where female commentators are slut shamed. The original conversation does not even have to be about sex. Trolls and other aggressive commentators will often revert to slut shaming as an aggressive tactic to silence females who disagree with them on any issue.
  • Victim-blaming responses to sex crimes such as rape, as in “if she was dressing like that/walking around in that neighborhood, she was asking for it.”
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Slut Shaming and the Sexual Double Standard In Society

Although the term slut shaming is relatively new, the practice is rooted in sexist and patriarchal attitudes. So naturally, this issue goes back many centuries. The term is most closely associated with what is known as the double standard relative to the sexes. Behavior for which women are commonly labeled sluts would be applied quite differently for men. Simply having a number of sexual partners is sometimes enough for people to label a woman “slut”.

With men this behavior is usually passed off as “sowing his wild oats.” At worst, a sexually promiscuous man is considered roguish, which is not totally a negative label. The term “slut” has a decidedly moralistic connotation. Therefore, slut shaming is rooted in the double standard that has long been applied to the two genders.

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Recognizing and Responding to Slut Shaming

Slut shaming is a societal problem. That said, it can have very personal consequences for girls and women who have been victimized by it. The first step in responding to this issue is to recognize it for what it is. Sometimes, slut shaming masquerades as harmless teasing or politically incorrect humor. Yet it’s easy to see that the real motivation for calling girls sluts is to judge, shame and control them.

The best way to stop this practice is to recognize it, point it out and call people out on it. Whether it’s being directed at you, someone you care about or even a public figure, it’s worthwhile to educate people about how demeaning and anachronistic it is. Even if you can’t change the mind of the person doing the slut shaming, you can help to make others realize that this behavior is not reasonable or socially acceptable.

This article about slut shaming was published by Young naturists and Nudists America YNA

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.