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The Slutshaming Trend

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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http://www.theweeklings.com/wcollins/2013/09/07/the-slutshaming-trend-an-open-letter/

The Slutshaming Trend: An Open Letter

 

EVER SINCE Miley Cyrus dressed up like a little goat at the VMAs and trotted around bleating on all fours, a new phenomenon has hit the Internet—one spawned almost entirely by fortysomething mommy bloggers. I refer to it as the “Open Letter” fad, wherein an epistolary blog post is written to Miley (or teen girls in general), warning young women all over the world about the dangers of tush-shaking and back-arching and acting like the sexpots that minivan moms generally are not.

What started as a seemingly earnest attempt to caution the younger generation about how to conduct and dress oneself has turned into a holier-than-thou slutshaming trend—a craze that’s starting to stink an awful lot like an attempt to generate blog traffic (at best) and women ganging up on women (at worst).

Well, gather round, ho-bags and hussies and floozies and strumpets and garden-variety sluts, because this minivan-driving 40-year-old mother of two boys who sometimes wears Crocs with capri pants has an open letter for you, too. It goes:

Dear Teen Girls,

Do you babysit?

Sincerely,

Whitney

Because honestly? That’s really all I want to know (and am privy to know) about girls between the ages of 12 and 21 these days. Do you have childcare experience? Do you know basic First Aid? Can you drive yourself to my house? And what do you charge? Not for handjobs or underage beer runs or stolen class notes. What do you charge per child, per hour, and can you keep my sons alive while I go to Target alone? Can you, Mikaylah, keep my kids from mortal wounds while I go buy detergent all by my goddamn self?

Who am I, someone who is not your mother, to tell you what length your skirt should be? While I’m sure it’s very effective to receive fashion advice and sexual tips from a stranger who shops at Ann Taylor Loft and whose ass resembles a Trapper Keeper (I know you don’t know what that is), I’m going to refrain from too much unsolicited advice here.

Except for:

People are going to tell you that reputations can never be recovered and that regrets of the sexual kind are permanent and that the only people that people remember from high school and college are the loose girls.

Well, rest assured young ladies of the night: people also remember assholes and freaks and the guy who fell off the back of the bleachers drunk and the teacher who always had toilet paper coming out the back of his pants and the girl with the funny laugh and the fellow who played a mean bass and the wallflower who had an amazing singing voice and the math whiz and the boy who always brought an onion sandwich to lunch and the sweet young thang who may or may not have been a little easy.

Also: memories fade. And memory fades. And wounds (save for those mortal ones I previously mentioned) typically heal.

How do I know this? Well, not too much from personal slutty experience, really. On the whore-o-meter, I usually measured around 66 degrees. I was one of those houses where you always had to wear a sweatshirt, but that occasionally ramped up to 79 in the summer and got a little hot and bothered.

And I know this not because I’ve pulled a Miley (though now a video may appear from 1992 proving otherwise), but because I’m old. I know this because I’m almost 41, and at this age, you start to realize that making mistakes isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s trying to always avoid making them.

Look. I’m not suggesting you girls go slut it up, but I’m also saying don’t be afraid to live a little. Soon enough, your tits will look like something on the IHOP menu and, if you’re like me, you’ll wish you had more pictures of you arching your back and fewer of you in a Kurt Cobain flannel looking like Gunnar Nelson. You might regret that hook-up or that one-night stand, but you might also regret not taking a semester abroad or joining the comedy troupe or being so paralyzed by advice that you did nothing—except what someone else told you to do.

I realize that by taking this stance, fate may have a good chuckle on my behalf and someday send my boys home with girlfriends dressed only in bras and hot pants. Girls who eat ice cream cones with their hands tied behind their backs and pay for everything in singles. And if that’s the case, I don’t know what I’ll do. I guess give them spoons and trade them Jacksons for 20 one-dollar bills. And maybe treat them to a GAP gift card.

But in the meantime, I’m going to occasionally give a little cheer here and there for the little sluts everywhere. Shake your moneymakers now and then, girls. Soon enough, the only thing you’ll be shaking is your head, at the 2028 VMAs, when someone who’s more or less what you once were starts acting like a barn animal and you have to pretend to be more horrified than entertained.

 

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lga1965
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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 I really dislike the latest fad of saying"Slut shaming". It's crude and not very true.

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Slut shaming seems to be on the rise. It's disgusting that Miley's idiotic, crazy performance is being used to further the slut shaming agenda.

Her performance was bad. (IMO). Apparently, a simple statement like that doesn't drive blog traffic.

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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I like this article the best so far of the ones posted on the past week.
pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Hmmmm....there is a fine line that once crossed it is hard to change regardless of how hard your try.....unless you are in politics and then just give it a couple of years.......

parentalrights1
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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You deny that women get called sluts for everything even remotely sexual in nature? Or even just out of jealousy?

Dafuq bro?


Quoting lga1965:

 I really dislike the latest fad of saying"Slut shaming". It's crude and not very true.


lga1965
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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 No, I never said I denied it. I just think "slut shaming" sounds too too clever , "the latest thing" and crude at the same time. It lessens the impact and distracts from the issue.

I think a different description of what happens to women should be more serious and less "clever". I think this sounds better: "women are often criticized too harshly". That sounds more appropriate.And more serious.

Quoting parentalrights1:

You deny that women get called sluts for everything even remotely sexual in nature? Or even just out of jealousy?

Dafuq bro?


Quoting lga1965:

 I really dislike the latest fad of saying"Slut shaming". It's crude and not very true.


 

teeloffel
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Nice. But I think the sentiment in this "open letter" is by far the best one I've seen.  

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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I was once dragging my partner to a late night party, along the banks of the River Thames, dressed mainly in a blindfold and a pair of handcuffs, when I was stopped by a dear old lady in her 70s, who was concerned that there was a kidnapping going on.

After reassuring herself that it was all consensual, she surprised the socks off me by then regaling us with a tale of how wild she was in her youth. :-)

Anna92464
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

While true, it is also true that saying it like that doesn't really make an impact on everyone.


Quoting lga1965:

 No, I never said I denied it. I just think "slut shaming" sounds too too clever , "the latest thing" and crude at the same time. It lessens the impact and distracts from the issue.

I think a different description of what happens to women should be more serious and less "clever". I think this sounds better: "women are often criticized too harshly". That sounds more appropriate.And more serious.

Quoting parentalrights1:

You deny that women get called sluts for everything even remotely sexual in nature? Or even just out of jealousy?

Dafuq bro?


Quoting lga1965:

 I really dislike the latest fad of saying"Slut shaming". It's crude and not very true.


 



Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I haven't read the blogs she refers to. What I know if "slut shaming" is in relation to drunk or momentarily thoughtless girls getting photos or videos taken that are later passed around, which is followed by harassment.

I also think Miley Cyrus (God, I'm so sick of hearing/saying the name) is a terrible role model for girls. It's hard to describe that fine line -- I suppose it is there for each girl -- where someone can feel ok/good and not ashamed of and about her own sexuality without turning herself into to a complete sex object or it having sex be her primary source if identity. 

Women have struggled for a long time to be taken seriously. If we go to work or school in push up bras with low cut shirts, we ain't helping the cause. On a Saturday night? Go for it.

I think adolescent girls are really confused, and they get so many mixed messages about what they are supposed to be. Sadly, many think that male attention to their booties equates somehow to love. 


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