Have you ever heard

someone call a woman a slut

simply for the clothing she

wears on her back? Or

alternatively, maybe you

have heard (or called)

someone a slut for his or her

sexual proclivities. Slut

Shaming is a systemic and

cultural problem that

proliferates college

campuses – and UC Berkeley

is no exception.

Although slut shaming can

be used in reference to male and female-bodied people, it is typically applied to

women. Most common definitions as a result define slut shaming along the gender

Slut Shaming: Slut-shaming, also known as slut-bashing, is the idea of

shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more

sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings.1

Once, when walking down the road to meet my partner, I had a car full of

men shout “Keep walking, you Cunt!” Did I deserve it? No. All I did was walk casually

around Berkeley, my current home. I was dressed as casually as one can get. Did

those men have a right to shout at me so crudely? No. Even had I been dressed

provactatively, it is a persons right to dress how they please. This wasn’t the first

time I had been harassed and my sex used as a right to assault me and unfortunately

it won’t be the last until people take a strong stand against it.

Slut shaming is a method for controlling women, and a vulgar one at that. It

contributes and validates rape culture – a problem that has largely been in the news

around Berkeley this year. Additionally, slut shaming harms individuals of any

sexuality. Heterosexual, Homosexual, Asexual, or any other variant of sexuality is

fair game for slut shaming. 2 People of all genders slut shame in an effort to control

and manipulate others. Women slut shame women and men slut shame women and

vice versa. It is a method to police sexuality and repress expression. 3 Often it can be

divided on classist lines as noted by Aljahzeera where “[Studies] found the more

affluent women were able to engage in more sexual experimentation without being

slut-shamed, while the less-affluent women were ridiculed as sluts for being

“trashy” or “not classy,” even though they engaged in less sexual behavior.”4 It is

time to stop oppressing and to start allowing expression. Whether it is through

1 http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/what-is-slut-shaming/

3 http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/what-is-slut-shaming/

4 http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/29/slut-shaming-study.html

commiting to not “Yucking my yum” or by educating others on the bullying and

heavily oppressive nature of slut shaming, something needs to change.