Went to the doctor today. It was just a huge waste of my time. I was literally told “it’s a virus there’s nothing you can do”
YES THERE IS PRESCRIBE ME SOMETHING!
Sandra Fluke heard it when she talked about insurance coverage for birth control. Sara Brown from Boston told me she was first called it at a pool party in the fifth grade because she was wearing a bikini. Courtney Caldwell in Dallas said she was tagged with it after being sexually assaulted as a freshman in high school.
Many women I asked even said that it was not having sex that inspired a young man to start rumors that they were one.
And this is what is so confounding about the word “slut”: it’s arguably the most ubiquitous slur used against women, and yet it’s nearly impossible to define.
What makes a slut? The only rule, it seems, is being female, my latest at the Guardian US (via jessicavalenti)
Lena Tannenbaum’s SLUT! is an interesting book on the subject if you can find a copy. She talked to a number of women who got tagged with the same, and she speaks about her own experiences as well.