Thursday, June 13, 2013
"For Slut's Sake"
The word slut needs to be eradicated from the English language.There is no such thing as a slut. It is a modern mythical label applied in a context that never accurately equates to its atrocious connotation. There are no such things as sluts. There are woman who have a lot of sex, there are women who have indiscriminate sex, there are women who have had sex with many people, there are women who have different kinds of sex, there are women who end up in the sex industry (the majority, for the most undesirable reasons imaginable), there are women who cheat on their partners (they're called cheaters), but there is no slut...only a culture that can't handle any of these scenarios.
Slut is a calculated term meant to shame, wound, demonize, stigmatize and objectify a woman based on a very private and personal part of her life, whether she actively made her own choices or they were imposed upon her. Slut implies dirty, damaged goods, a permanent lifestyle, and identity of trash. There is no such person.
Slut is a lie that says a woman wants to be used up, that she is asking for it, that she wants to be abused, because she has what's coming. Slut is a scapegoat. Slut is for using a woman's sexuality and body against her...and against her will. Slut is a projection from an ill-informed, ill-equipped and just plain ill culture. Slut is who men think they're fucking when they've dehumanized the woman. There is no such thing as a woman who is not human. There is no such thing as a slut or any other excuse for treating women badly based on their sexuality.
Slut does not exist and to buy into something that does not exist makes fools out of all of us.
© Jessica Bahr
Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes