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Slut Shaming

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Erica Wise

on 14 April 2013

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Slut-Shaming Did you know... Slut Shaming is ... Phoebe Prince The idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings Was mercilessly tormented by a cadre of classmates later dubbed the "Mean Girls" Group 1:
Emily Deskin
Kristen Kelejian
Rachel Ostroff
Erica Wise The implication that if a woman
has sex that traditional society disapproves of,
she should feel guilty and inferior It is damaging not only to the girls and women targeted, but to women in general and society as a whole Can occur even if the term “slut” itself is not used;

The deliberate act of insulting another woman’s character for her sexuality (about.com) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/phoebe-prince-south-hadley-high-school-new-girl-driven-suicide-teenage-cyber-bullies-article-1.165911 Was called "Irish slut" and "whore" on Twitter, Craigslist, Facebook, Formspring Was harassed and threatened in the school library and in a hallway Hung herself in a stairwell What Can WE do? Have one standard for both sexes--sexual equality Slut-Shaming as Double Standard Slut-shaming enforces a sexual double standard in
which boys can engage in sexual behavior freely,
whereas girls can only do it when it's part of
transaction that includes "true" love or marriage. 'Part of the issue with slut-shaming amongst females is the gender stereotypes that are placed on individuals who are sexually active, depending on their gender. Cragin says a man who is having casual sex is commonly viewed as a “stud,” while a woman who participates in the same act is perceived as a “slut.” ' http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/475139 The term "slut" without any qualifiers or context implies a woman or girl; in order to specify that it is a man who is being referenced, "male" will often be appended for clarity Why Women Slut Shame Women are often the perpetrators of slut-shaming Many times women slut-shame in one moment and go on to revel in their "sluttiness" in the next Girls are encouraged from a young age to seek out and maintain male approval as a way to secure their own power in the world Slut Walks Started with a local march in Toronto
Heather Jarvis
Have become the most successful feminist action in the past 20 years
Wear provocative clothing
Memes What's in the Media? Social Media
Prevalent in TV, Movies, Music
It has become part of our culture
Parents should be open about sexuality with their kids, and that means being open about female sexuality as well as male sexuality Teachers must recognize that slut-bashing is a serious problem Schools and youth programs have an obligation to talk to kids about the harm in sexual labeling Stop being a bystander and speak up
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