Introduction

This section is where you will discuss briefly what the topic is trying to say or ask of us. Why is it important for us to think about in general? For women? And right now in time?
The term slut has been used to judge and degrade women for hundreds of years. In each iteration it is a way to describe the actions of a women beneath the behavior expected of a lady, in the context of her service and action in a male dominated society. Your house is not kept therefore you are a slut. You dress inappropriately- too slovenly or sexually therefore you are a slut. You have sex outside the traditional confines of marriage, not keeping yourself pure and innocent for a man therefore you are a slut. You demand access for birth control and personal autonomy therefore you are a slut. When do women define our existence for ourselves? Do we know how? This is why this conversation is important. Whether one believes that the term should be redefined (Pienta, 2013, Pg. 222) or not- it is understood that regardless of position, this argument need not further divide women. (Pienta, 2013, pg. 227)
In section 6.2 we will discuss whether the word slut should be redefined or not. Two academic scholars show their point of views on the topic. This is important to think about for women because women calling each other a slut and destroying each other's self-esteem. The definition of the word slut is "a woman who has many casual sexual partners".
In this topic we will discuss if the word slut should be redefined. There are two people, each taking a different side, who will give their views on the subject. It is an important topic to think about, especially in today’s society. This is a common term people use and we should observe how we use it. We should think about its definition and if we believe in its definition or if we think it’s should be redefined.

Research

The word slut used to be described as any woman who did not behave, in terms of in their household or outside of their marriage. In today's terms, a slut is any woman who chooses to express themselves sexually. As said in the text, "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Women's Studies", the world that we live in today believes that there is all around too much sex in society when that is not the case. Girls in today's society are being too sexualized and it is being coincided with them saying no and being dressed a certain way. It is believed that if young girls and woman dress appropriately in terms of what society believes is appropriate. The term slut is commonly associated with the way society perceives a female. Whether being dressed a certain way or acting a certain way, if it is outside of what society believes is appropriate, you can be categorized as a slut. Young women are expected to look good and attractive but if decide to express their own desires become mocked, shamed, and threatened with sexual violence. Protest have being going on for decades to stop the sexualization of woman. The SlutWalk began in 2011 and is a protest to end the victim blaming, rape culture, and slut shaming. Reclaiming the word "slut" would help woman fight against the sting and show the distinctions between "good" and "bad".
When you think of the word “slut” mainly people think "a slut is a woman with the audacity to express herself sexually” or display and share their sexuality in a very inappropriate way (Penny, 2011). The term is used in a very degrading way and targets more of the younger population especially in a time when expressing or figuring out their sexuality is important. Looking at the way Laurie Penny talks about the term “slut”, its more to lift up all women and look at this word and reject it. “Penny advocates that women reject terms such as slut that are used to evaluate women’s purity” (Pienta, 2013). She wants all women to stand up against this sexual violence and harassment and express their sexuality however they need to. Now look on the other side, Attwood wants girls to take the word “slut” and embrace it more than want to get rid of it or change it. “While slut signifies a move away from tradition—feminine, romantic—sexuality quite clearly, it is less successful is providing a positive model for what this move is towards…” (Attwood, 2007).

Concepts

What are the key concepts of the week's discussion? Economics? Race? Education? (All of these…?) You are led to some of these from the readings, but some will require serious consideration from you.

I think there is a concept here that most people are overlooking. There is a huge double standard in today's society, that allows men to sleep with multiple partners without shame. Women will often be shamed and judged a lot harder when it comes to sleeping with multiple guys. People refer to this as slut-shaming, or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative. The word "slut" could be redefined and interpreted as a less negative term but after being perceived so long as a negative term used towards women, it would be hard for people to changed their instinctual interpretation of it. The concept of this term being a double standard is a very important one though. How often do you hear a male being called a slut? Even if you do, is it most likely being said with the intent of joking around and not being serious. When this term is aimed at girls is it being used to attack them and seeing that this term is deemed as a negative it would be considered pointing out a flaw on another women. It is not justified that men can have multiple partners and be encouraged whereas, for women it is frowned upon for them to experiment with different partners. If the word "slut" was redefined, it may be possible for this concept to be redefined as well.
It is important to understand the idea of a woman as a slut is used currently to drive policy issues regarding women’s issues. It is important for all women to understand that if you have sex outside of the confines of marriage to a financially stable male, you are vulnerable. Policies from birth control, protections from rape and sexual assault, access to social safety net programs, education, are all informed by the cultural loathing of women who engage in sexual activity. Assumptions about women who enjoy sex are used to deny all women, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or religion. During an investigation of NYPD police detectives in the Special Victims Unit, it was discovered that detectives not only improperly investigated sexual assault allegations but discouraged victims from pursuing charges specifically using “slut” to shut them down. Even in cases where there was video evidence and DNA evidence. (Saul, 2017) When Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, prepared to testify before Congress regarding access to birth control, Rush Limbaugh called her a slut for wanting birth control- a fat slut and a prostitute. Also, Rep. Jason Lewis said that if she wanted free birth control, she must need a lot because she is a slut. These are major political influencers and policy makers. These men have no personal knowledge of fluke’s sex life. Lewis doesn’t know how birth control pills work, and yet men with these attitudes drive the policies regarding women’s health. Driven by how these men feel about women having sex outside the higher (double) standards expected of women. (Doha, 2018) Poor women, women in rural areas, women of color, and other women with limited access to birth control, healthcare and education are at greater risk from the attitudes that would deny women the autonomy to enjoy sex and control their bodies otherwise. While it’s important to decide how to regard the word “slut” it is equally important to understand that no matter how we as women view it, as long as those making policy continues to make decisions for us with these attitudes we are discriminated against. Consequently, the industries and corporations that sexualize young girls and women are profiting while government and cultural pressures are pushing an abstinence approach. Women are stuck between that rock and hard place. (Pienta, 2013, pg.222) As young women are educated about the double standards and social manipulations implied by the word slut, it will be used less to degrade young women by young women and men. As women begin to understand the stratification of women by the term "slut" in an attempt to shame women into not acknowledging their autonomy, there will be less use of the term- hopefully.

Today in the Topic

This topic today I feel gets overlooked and is not spoken as much as it should be. Especially in High schools and middle school where the word "slut" is said frequently to young girls. Most girls will say it in order to be mean and offensive to another person, or even call them that in hopes to start a rumor. In today's society, access to sexual content, such as finding partners, is all at the tips of our fingers through the internet and dating apps like Tinder. Both genders are equally promiscuous, and it's not fair to the females to be critiqued so harshly with negative words like slut. I feel like everyone has their own view of what a slut is, and a lot of it comes from what you were taught growing up and what morals you acquire. Therefore, it isn't fair to use words like these when people have different perceptions of what it means.

Reasons for Controversy

Why is this a controversial topic? There's more to each of our topics than differences of opinion. What are the reasons? (You may find as you read the text that what appears to be opposition really isn't in all cases.)
The controversy presented in the book whether slut as it stands should be redefined, or owned, is an important controversy. The discussion in itself forces us to look at the different paths one can take to own her sexuality. Ultimately, the goal is for a woman to make choices on her own terms, whatever they are. This controversy gives us choice. Also, this controversy underscores the need for these decisions to be made despite the attitudes promoted by patriarchy- where women should simply behave- dress modestly, put an aspirin between their legs, and leave the control of their bodies to someone else. (Doha, 2018)
This is a controversial topic because this could be hurting women when they call each other this. This is a very degrading word that embarrasses and tares down other women. However, that does not mean we should redefine the word. The opposing argument would say what's the point when the word is already defined. If you're walking down the street and you hear women say "that slut" you instantly know she is talking about another woman that she did something to betray the other. There are plenty of words that have double meanings. However, if someone were to say the "B-word" you don't assume they are actually talking about the female dog. This is the same situation. If we were to add another definition to the word slut nobody will assume that is the reference you are trying to use it as.
Whether the word slut should be redefined or not is a controversy topic. There are people on both side of the argument. Some people believe that the word should be redefined. The word slut was meant to be a derogatory term. Many people believe that they should be able to express themselves sexually without having to be called derogatory terms. There are also people who view the word slut should not be redefined. They believe that women should embrace their sexuality and use the term to describe what is new in women’s sexual behavior.

Common Ground

Is there a place in the middle of each opposing view to begin building a research- or evidence-based common viewpoint? Do we have common ground? Where is it?
The most important common ground between the arguments presented in the text is the acknowledgement that the way women approach each other in regard to their sexual behavior has to be different than the traditional degradation of being classified by when, how many, and with whom one has sex. Then we can tackle changing the cultural milieu so that women, regardless of their choices, are protected and respected under the law and in their communities. Both arguments challenge the status quo. (Pienta, 2013, pg. 221) In redefining the term “slut” women are able to state that regardless of how we look we should be respected- removing the negative results hoisted upon women. Our choices shouldn’t undermine our pursuit of justice against those who would harm us, or access to healthcare. However, until those in power understand that such discrimination is the antitheses of the freedom that we celebrate in this country and for humanity, we will have work to do to change minds and change the legislature.
There is a possible chance that we could all come to an agreement with the word slut and how it is portrayed among a person who isn't acting as well as they should be. Men will always consider the woman a slut just by messing around with someone they are not married to or dating. But, with the man taking those actions he would say he wasn't. So , there can be some common ground between the two, but it is a very difficult word for a man to take for himself so he doesn't accept it.

See Also

Section 1.2 in "Taking Sides: Clashing Views In Women's Studies", it is discussed the definition of rape and what is common in rape cases versus none rape cases. The word slut is commonly categorized with rape cases and woman are typically victim shamed due to being categorized as a "slut" and shamed for the way they dress or act.
In sections 1.2 and 5.3 in "Taking Sides: Clashing Views In Women's Studies",see the instances where women participate in the degradation of other women to protect their position in male dominated culture and politics. This approach can be seen in the use of the term “slut” by other women to degrade and demean their peers, especially among teenagers.

References

Doha, M. (2018) Republican Congressman Didn’t Get Why Women Couldn’t Be Called Sluts. Huffington Post. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-congressman-women-sluts-cnn-jason-lewis-sandra-fluke_us_5b4fa6fee4b0b15aba8b3a7c
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/slutwalks-and-the-future-of-feminism/2011/06/01/AGjB9LIH_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0a2d62ae76a8
Pienta, R. Taking sides (p. 222).
Pienta, R. Taking sides (pp. 26-39).
Saul, J. (2017) Police Told Rape Victims They Would ‘Look Like a Slut on Trial’: How Law Enforcement Fails Women. Newsweek. https://www.newsweek.com/police-slut-shame-rape-sex-assault-nypd-district-attorney-investigation-688796

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