Slut-shaming

Slut-shaming is the practice of criticizing people, especially women and girls, who are perceived to violate expectations of behavior and appearance regarding issues related to sexuality.[1][2][3] The term is used to reclaim the word slut and empower women and girls to have agency over their own sexuality.[3] It may also be used in reference to gay men, who may face disapproval for sexual behaviors considered promiscuous.[1][4] Slut-shaming rarely happens to heterosexual men.[1]

Examples of slut-shaming include being criticized or punished for: violating dress code policies by dressing in perceived sexually provocative ways; requesting access to birth control;[5][6][7] having premarital, extramarital, casual, or promiscuous sex; or engaging in prostitution.[8][9] It can also include being victim-blamed for being raped or otherwise sexually assaulted.[10][11]


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