Slut Shaming

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here are certain expectations women are expected to meet in society, constricting them by the judgement of peers, or even strangers varying from what a woman chooses to wear, to their personal and preferred sexual lives. The term, “slut,” has made itself known in the modern generation, emerging in social media and in most schools. However, is it for the right reasons? The phrase, “slut-shaming,” refers to criticizing and admonishing females, in most cases, for having desires that are more erratic that our nation finds acceptable. Slut-shaming affects many teens around the globe; it has even made young adults targets for sexual assault. This is no simple name-calling; girls are deeply affected and traumatized by this simple remark. The younger generation use the term as if it was in their daily vernacular, not aware of the message spreading and the people that are deeply afflicted.

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The younger generation is both at fault and targeted when it comes to slut-shaming whether it originates from gossip or on the internet. When asked about what kind of situations he uses, “slut,” in, Connor Lee, a freshman at Villa Park,  says, “when I refer to a girl, or a guy in some situations depending on who it is, who has a lot of sex with a lot of different guys.” However, freshman advanced dancer Nicci Arentsen commented on this social stigma what is applied to girls at our school. She explained, “ I have never found myself using the word slut, and if I do its quoting a movie! I have heard this word in situations when girls are in an argument and trying to insult each other.” There are two sides to this story, one being using the word slut can emotionally hurt someone and damage them, but the other is, there is a time and place where the word is applicable and a girl may act like a “slut”; such as, using guys for their personal benefits, dressing in tight pants and shirts just to show off their body, and more.

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Although various students use the term in different situations, when asked about the meaning behind, “slut,” all students defined the word correctly. All definitions stemming from a girl having many sexual relations. Why use the word when knowing it’s insulting and causing people pain? Or is that simply the reason why the word is used? The reason could possibly be jealousy; which could lead to a form of bullying. It is said that “slut-shaming” has become more prevalent on many social media websites/ apps, such as Instagram, Twitter, and even facebook. Reasons why a person may use, “slut,” varies from online and offline, but is still an issue around the globe.

Slut-shaming is a term that causes young women poignant agony, when possibly they haven’t done anything wrong. According to an online dictionary, the definition of “slut-shaming” is: an act of making any person feel guilty or inferior for certain sexual behaviors or desires that deviate from traditional or orthodox gender expectations, or that which may be considered to be contrary to natural or religious law. However people use the word or why they may use it, slut-shaming is a problem that faces many.

By: Jules Hoang and Lindsey To

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