Stop “slut” slam

Claudia Leist, Highlander Editor

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“Did you hear about that party Friday night? She hooked up with him. She’s such a slut.”

Whether it is “slut,” “hoe,” “skank,” whatever the word may be, these words gets thrown around way too often.

“I haven’t personally heard anyone call me a slut to my face, but rumors do go around about people calling each other sluts and I think it is completely wrong. Especially since nowadays words hurt more than anything else. Girls take everything really seriously, and being called a slut ruins your reputation which is really important to a lot of girls these days,” said sophomore Toni Lupilin.

The sexual reputation of people prompts these insults. The problem is, people do not always deserve to be called these names.

The definition of slut: “is a term applied to an individual who is considered to have loose sexual morals or who is sexually promiscuous. The term is most often applied to women as an insult, sexual slur or offensive term meaning “dirty or slovenly.”

“However, in recent times there have been attempts to ‘reclaim’ the word, while some individuals embrace the title as a source of pride,” according to Wikipedia.
One of the most controversial topics among teenagers is the expectation to live up to their gender roles.

If a girl has sex with a guy, that is not her boyfriend, she gets called a “slut.” But if a guy hooks up with three girls in one night, he is “The Man” persay.

When asked if he has ever been called a “man-whore” or a “player,” sophomore Nico Camerino replied, “Yes, but I didn’t really care. I just brushed it off as something that shouldn’t really bother me. I feel like they said that to me because they didn’t like me for whatever reason and that’s the only thing they could think of to make me feel bad about myself. I didn’t really feel offended by it though.”

On the other hand, if a girl refuses to hook up with a guy or have sex with him, she is considered a “prude,” which is not always a good thing among teenagers.

Teenagers always feel the need to be one step ahead, so if somebody has not reached that step yet, they are looked down upon. Nobody wins.

These words are everywhere and it is inevitable that people will be exposed to them. If these phrases are used in movies or songs, the rating protects the accessibility for younger people. But at school every day, these words are unavoidable.

It can be tempting to gossip sometimes, but next time you hear a crazy story about someone and their sex life, try to keep it to yourself before you hurt someone’s feelings and you cannot fix it.

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