Wednesday read: SLUT!

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SlutThis was one of the amazing books that was on my reading list for the one feminist class I took in college. It's one of those books that is like a slap to the face: opening your eyes to the way things are that you never realized were totally fucked up (for lack of better words).

This is a non fiction book written by Leora Tanenbaum that talks about why women are labeled as sluts and what this means socially. Within the book there are stories from other women who share their experiences with having been labeled as a slut.

I suppose most of us would agree that a slut is typically a promiscuous woman. The question to ask is, what is wrong with a woman being promiscuous? Is there a similar title for a man? If so, does that title have the same negative connotation?

The thing is, not only are these types of women considered sluts. Rape victim have been called sluts, even virgins have been called sluts. Females will alienate and label other females sluts. In fact, most "slut bashing" takes place between females.

I can't say to have any experienced being accused of being a slut. Internet, mom, family, and anyone else who may read this: I've only ever had sex with the man I currently am married to. I was one of those sexually repressed females who felt wrong/dirty doing anything sexual. Yes, that's right. Before my husband, I'd only ever French kissed a boy and that had been in middle school. I didn't meet my husband till my freshman year of college. So if anything, you could call me a prude or a super virgin. You pick. 

Was part of my fear "slut" induced? I'd say so. Only "bad" girls did those things and above all, I was determined to be good. I think the bulk of the problem with teenage pregnancies is that sexuality is over played and at the same time, taboo. There are extremes. While a teenage boy can be expected to masturbate, indeed he'd be strange if he didn't, a teenage girl would never, NEVER admit she did, if she did at all. Damn, if she even knew how! Imagine if girls were expected to be sexual, educated on how to do so safely, and allowed to be comfortable making the choice to abstain or not. Maybe these girls would get on birth control, have condoms, understand their bodies, and celebrate them. 

Instead, being sexual or not is always a weapon that can be used against a woman.

Want to learn more--READ THE BOOK! 

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