Why We Need To Stop Sl*t-Shaming Each Other (Once And For All)

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And what behavior makes you labeled this way, anyway?

What's that? You think I'm a slut? Oh, okay I thought you were insulting me, because calling me a "slut" does not in any way make me feel bad about my choices in life. Women and girls have been called sluts for centuries, and mainly by other women. Slut and all of its variations: whore, tramp, and ho, just to name a few, is the go to reference when putting a woman or girl down for her behavior, clothes, or attitude. In the eighth grade there were a group of girls who hated me and started rumors about me being a slut. The same thing happened in high school from a group of girls who decided they hated me as well. Slut-shaming is bullying behavior that we have all either been on the receiving end of, or dished out.

So what constitutes "slutty behavior"? Sleeping with multiple partners, sleeping with a married man, being a prostitute or stripper, making a sex tape, or just being overtly sexual? During the 1920s, the era of the flapper was born and women rebelled against the rules of society in which they had to completely cover themselves, have long flowing hair, ample busts, and not display their sexual prowess in public. Flappers cut their hair, drank in public, partied, wore short skirts, and used their sexual wilds in any way they chose. They were often referred to as sluts. In 1957, the FDA approved the birth control pill, but not for contraceptive use. The pill was approved only for severe menstrual issues, and was used secretly as a contraceptive up until the '70s, and those women who used the medication were often referred to as sluts.

 

Why are all strippers considered sluts? When you're at a bar or club with your friends and see a woman dancing provocatively or wearing a tight short dress, why is she automatically put in the slut zone? How does one end up in the "slut zone" anyway? I've been put in there by mean girls, and I've put women there by judging their behavior or how many people they've dated. Let's take a look at how some other women landed in the slut zone, shall we:

1) Any woman on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with provocative pics — she resides in the slut zone.

2) Kim Kardashian made a sex tape with her then-boyfriend Ray J and leveraged it into a successful career of literally doing nothing but being herself, has dated a few men before settling down, and she lives in the slut zone.

3) Marilyn Monroe used not only her talent, but also her insane figure and inherent sex appeal to become a star, and again dated and married a few men along the way — she is in the slut zone.

Read the rest over at Uptown Magazine: Let's Leave Slut-Shaming In 2013

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