Women's Rights

Women: Stand Together Against Slut-Shaming (OP-ED)

Slut, whore, hoe, skank, trash, floozy, harlette, promiscuous, tramp, prostitute, slore, easy. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you visualize these words? It most likely a girl with her cleavage out, tight clothes, a short skirt, and has a lot of sex, right? Unfortunately, that is what our society has taught for many years. All the way from the scarlet letter, to even our so-called modern “progressive” era. Why? Why do we see skin as something to be ashamed of? Why do we slut shame women for having a lot of sex, but men are considered a “man” after losing their virginity?

If we go back to biblical times, we can see where it started. In many different religions, men could have several wives, but if a woman lost her virginity before marriage, she was automatically worthless, and ineligible for marriage. Look at Mary for instance; she was shunned from all the people who knew her because they believed she had sex out of betrothal and got pregnant, even though she was carrying the son of Christ (for those who believe). Similar with the Mormon faith; while polygamy was taught by Joseph Smith, polyandry (a relationship with one woman and several men) is a disgusting thought, and sin.

Now, we’re fighting for things like same-sex marriage, pro-choice rights, assistance for the poor, a higher minimum wage, all new, progressive ways of thinking — and yet, during the VMA’s, all you could hear is how much of a slut Miley Cyrus is.

Another example: most schools have some kind of dress code, but they’re usually heavily targeted toward girls. Boys may have a few basic rules, like no saggy pants, or having to wear a shit, but girls will have rules from how to have your hair to what kind of shirts you can wear and how short your shorts are. By having such an extreme dress code, you’re not only teaching girls to be ashamed of showing their skin, but you’re giving boys the idea that a line of skin on your stomach from a short top is too sexual for society, and that girls are supposed to be controlled and judged based on their manner of dress.

Women need to band together. It’s easy to call a girl a slut or a whore when we are in a fight, but we as women will never make a change in the world if we are constantly putting down our own kind. You should never feel ashamed for having sex or trying to show off your body. Instead, be confident, and be educated on safe sex and over-sexualization. We are SUPERwomen; be comfortable with your bodies, and do not be ashamed of your skin, nor the amount of times you have sex. Sexuality does not define you or limit you. Be the superwoman you were meant to be and stand for a higher calling than slut-shaming.

Discussion

One thought on “Women: Stand Together Against Slut-Shaming (OP-ED)

  1. As much as I agree with you that our society is very misogynistic and that Girls are very restricted in the way the can express themselves through clothes without drawing too much negative attention onto themselves. I don’t think it is right to call Miley Cyrus any name, but I don’t think it is right what she did at the VMA’s.

    I don’t care what she wore, I care though why she wore it. She didn’t wear that stuff to show that she is confident, she wore this outfit to create a scandal. In which she was successful at. She knew as well as you that her clothing choice would be viewed as provocative and slutty in societies eyes. But also think about the fact that Lady gaga also performed in nothing than underwear and no one had a go at her because of that. I do believe that was the case because everybody knew that Gaga didn’t want to cause a scandal or behaved in the way Cyrus did.

    And as much as I myself have problems how Christianity views women and their rights, the bible says not a lot about women and what happened if they lost their virginity before marriage. marriage as we know it didn’t even exist around biblical times. Yes women weren’t viewed as equal parties to men, but this had more to do with the existing societies during biblical times that the bible and its message itself. Women in the Old Testament had more rights than one may think. Just think about the female prophets and their power and influence

    Posted by annemarieyoung | September 5, 2013, 2:30 pm

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