The Double Standards of Slut Shaming


“Hi, I’m a slut.”

“And no, that doesn’t mean I am nothing”

“The ones who cry whore the loudest are the ones who are thirstiest for my blood”

Savannah Brown’s chilling performance of her original slam poem, “Hi, I’m a Slut”, brings up a very controversial issue: slut shaming.

Blogger, Andrea Rubenstein, defines slut shaming as “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.”

In modern society, the ideal image of a women often have contradicting ideas: pure, innocent, a virgin, but not too much of a prude and not too much of a tease. So if a women is sexually active, or dressed a certain way, she is labeled as a slut. On the other hand, men are allowed to be sexually active and dress however they want without shame.

Finally Feminism 101, a feminist blog, shares a quote from Cambridge University Press back in 1995 that states there are “220 words for a sexually promiscuous woman but only 20 for a sexually promiscuous man.”

Even celebrities deal with slut shaming. Model, Amber Rose, stated in an interview with Daily News, “They come at me and Kim so hard because I was a stripper and she had a sex tape. So if we could sing, it would be OK if we were on stage half-naked. We all love Beyoncé, but she’s on stage half-naked and twerking all the time, yet people say, oh, she has talent so she’s able to do that. We don’t have the talent that Beyoncé has, so we get criticized as former sex workers, but at the end of the day we’re just women—we’re all women—and we should all embrace each other. No one is greater.”

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