Why Slut-Shaming Has Nothing To Do With Promiscuity

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Why Slut-Shaming Has Nothing To Do With Promiscuity
Research indicates slut shaming is more about social class than sexual choices.

For women around the world, the idea of "slut-shaming" is an unfortunate reality that many have had to confront on less than ideal terms. The notorious double standard that transforms men into the epitome of virility and women into lascivious miscreants has resulted in countless derogatory remarks, insults and innuendos. These have done little to reinforce the idea that we are, essentially, a society founded on gender equality.

According to new research published in the Social Psychology Quarterly (read more here), however, the foundations of "slut-shaming" may be less related to sexual activity than previously thought. New information has revealed that the use of the term "slut" has also become indicative of social class and status as well as an overall adherence to accepted sexual norms for the female gender.

Women in the upper echelons of the social strata, it has been observed, are more likely to refer to women of lower income and overall affluence as "sluts." Ironically, the study also shows that women of lower affluence are likely to refer to women of higher social strata as "sluts" as opposed to members of their own community. Perhaps, judging from this information, the conclusion could be reached that a "slut" is simply someone who does not fit into the group in which the current speaker is embedded.

The research undertaken by sociologists Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura Hamilton also revealed that contemporary use of this inflammatory term had little to do with perceived trends in sexual activity. Although, both researchers were quoted as saying that they believed many of their subjects may have fabricated information concerning their sexual habits out of a fear of being judged negatively.

That being said, a variety of new online platforms are helping to remove the latent stigmas against women, particularly when it comes to dating and romance. Websites such as PriceDate.com are creating a new dating sensibility which promotes female confidence and identity. Instead of being treated as passive objects that are subjected to a variety of insults and harassment, PriceDate ensures that women remained actively empowered throughout the dating process.

According to Alexander Greenberg, the founder of PriceDate (official website), "the goal of our online dating platform has been to create a welcoming space where women remain in control of both their love life and their identity. We understand how difficult it can be for women to actively participate in dating. We hope to simplify this process and make it a positive experience for all."

Although an online dating platform can only do so much to change a historic stigma, PriceDate has taken up the challenge to redefine romance and femininity in the 21st century. What effect do you think an auction format dating site will have on slut shaming?


 

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