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Telling a young girl she can’t wear what she wants because it’s not appropriate encourages the idea that men’s reactions should dictate society’s norms, and that all women are meta-Eves, tempting and ensnaring men with our sultry-eyed gaze. My parents’ culture is steeped in patriarchy, in the philosophy of the one-step machismo machine, where there is just one kind of man, and two kinds of women: the angel and the whore. These limited ideas of masculinity breed men who want ownership of women.
Fariha Roison (via girl-violence)

(Source: voirsully)


Can we PLEASE get rid of the phrase “slut-shame”?

Here is a wonderful example of how pointlessly hurtful this phrase can be:

The reporter uses the phrase “slut-shamed” to describe the kind of harassment facing this rape victim. The phrase implies that the victim is being “shamed” for being a “slut.”  The reporter is implicitly calling the victim a slut. The word “slut” is the same insult that the people of her town are using to harass this 14-year old victim.

Why not simply use the word “harassment”? It’s a neutral word that does not put the focus on the victim’s sexuality. And again, I remind you that focusing on the victim’s sexuality IS the harassment she is facing right now.

So please, just stop it with this phrase. If you want to reclaim an insult for yourself, fine, but it’s not possible to reclaim an insult on another person’s behalf.

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