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What’s wrong with slut-shaming?

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What’s wrong with slut-shaming?

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Slut-shaming‘ is a term we’ve been using in our articles a lot of recent and there is a particular reason why we have drawn attention to it on various occasions. The word ‘slut’ itself was created just to make women feel bad about having sexual experiences. Slut-shaming is the experience of being labeled a sexually out-of-control girl or woman and then being punished socially for possessing this identity.

http://teenzonemagazine.co.za/celebzone/bella-thorne-claims-perez-hilton-insta-post-invited-slut-shaming/

By using the term ‘slut’ to describe a woman, you are perpetuating the belief only women can be out-of-control when it comes to sex and men can’t be. In other words, the term is largely considered sexist. Boys and men are congratulated for the exact same behaviour. The term is grounded in the belief that men get to assert themselves, and women do not. Women’s sex lives and sexuality are matters of their own choice, and nobody else’s business.

Acts of slut-shaming are easier than ever to accomplish in the age of social media. It makes no difference if a girl or woman is sexually active: she can be called to task simply because she is female. Slut-shaming is far more harmful than simple name-calling — although being denigrated publicly in itself can be traumatic. It is also dangerous to women because it encourages rape culture. In no world should anyone be blamed for being sexually assaulted. 

http://teenzonemagazine.co.za/mezone/sex-myths/

Overt slut-shaming is evident because words such as ‘slut’ and ‘ho’ are thrown around but casual slut-shaming is a different story. Some people don’t even know they’re doing it because it has become so ingrained in them by means of media. In many situations, casual slut-shaming comes in the form of ‘advice’ or ‘concern’ from people close to you. It is probable you’ve participated in the practice at least once in your life. To be fair, you probably didn’t realise you were doing it in the first place. Here are some situations we’re referring to:

  • Blaming the girl if someone spreads a stolen nude photo of her.
  • Assuming a girl is only dressing up to impress guys.
  • Not speaking up for each other.

Altering this way of thinking starts with you and the second step involves you educating others. 

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My name is Kriszti Bottyan (23) and I am the Editor of Teenzone Magazine. This means that all content goes through me before it reaches you. I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2015 and I am currently completing my post-grad in Applied Languages. I am admittedly addicted to E! but I am also into the more serious content about society and about topics concerning YOUR future. Ultimately, you are my number one priority. We have migrated to a digital platform that is more suitable to you, our readers. We are continuously grateful for your support and in return promise to deliver. We will not disappoint!

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