Saturday, March 17, 2007
A Short, Quick Rant
I'm not usually a ranter, but this particular thing has been bugging me for quite some time, and even though I'm not the first person to rant about it, and I certainly won't be the last, I figure that there are so many people out there who seem to think it's acceptable, that getting another voice out there against it is the very least I can do. This rant is about a word I hate, and it's a word that people seem to think is pretty okay--even people who promote themselves as pro-woman. I'm talking about the word SLUT.
The reason I hate this word is that it brings everyone involved back to bad old days, when a woman was judged strictly on the status of her "virtue." Virtue meaning virginity. I hate how people who profess to be in the feminist corner will use it to describe girls and women they think don't measure up to their ideas of what a modern, forward-thinking, VIRTUOUS woman ought to be. This doesn't mean that I'm a free-lovin' hippy, and it doesn't mean I think it's okay for ANYONE to put themself in a potentially harmful sexual situation. But to call a woman a slut, simply because YOU think that she is not living up to some imaginary ideal is just plain WRONG. It is wrong becuase it betrays the speaker as a subscriber to the idea that even still, a woman is really only as good as the negative number of notches on her bedpost. Nevermind that we don't call sex-loving men anything that nasty--player and playboy even have, well, playful connotations. Words like manslut and mimbo COME FROM slut and bimbo, because the worst thing that anyone could come up with to label a man as sexually voracious had to equate with the same "fault" in a woman. This just kills me. As a result, anyone out there who uses the word slut will no longer be take seriously by me. Ever. ESPECIALLY if it's couched in with supposedly "feminist" ideas. Sorry--you're ridiculous.