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The Complexities of the word ‘SLUT’

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When someone says the word slut, an image of the individual comes to everyone’s head. The most common factor is that the imagery is slanted towards one gender while the actions are common for both.

The intricacies of the idea stems from the fact that a woman’s body was never considered as being hers! Theirs is a gender, which is mostly considered as property because of their inherent ability to give life. While men on the other hand are only the tools. In this inferiority complex, stems man’s arrogance in claiming possession. Women’s physical weakness was taken advantage of. Men were dominant. Even though the base sexual desires were the same, women were ostracised for their desires. While men could flaunt it without consequence!

The word slut came into being from the need of women to feel free and have control over their own body and sexuality. Flaunting themselves for others to desire came to be the symbol of freedom. But at a certain point it changed to an over exuberance and the idea became just an appetite for sex. I hold both genders accountable for this. Men more so than women! I have always claimed the idea that if we were all allowed to explore our sexuality freely then the need to flaunt would be less. In the case of the story of Adam and Eve; if we never really had committed the original sin, then we wouldn’t feel the need to flaunt. It is true that women are more desired and that men are more of a base animal. And in this scenario, men are physically superior but mentally inferior to women. But then again, in this complex diaspora of societal instructions, women do not take care of women. Their superiority has more inclined towards the need to conquer men and jealousy towards their own gender. I have come to see that women never seem to stick up for women. Just look at the case of women’s empowerment debates and the enormously popular Fox News female anchors who do not seem to care or in the case of a wife beater where they are quick to blame the victim(she must have done something to deserve it).

The idea of a slut is not a monochromatic picture that can be judged with just one singular thought. One has to understand the different perspectives that are indulged by society. I for one do feel that the idea of a slut should not exist. But it will only stop existing when women are given the freedom to choose and men are also shunned for their indulgence of their base animal. Inequality is always the problem! No matter the topic. The topology is of the same elemental properties. We just need to look through the microscope to see it and dissect.

Written By Colin Sydney  http://econopolity.com/

14 comments on “The Complexities of the word ‘SLUT’

  1. conartistocracy
    July 9, 2015

    If “slut” means promiscuous then it logically applies more to the male sex. The spectrum of sexual activity is highest with bi-sexual and homosexual men, then hetero men, then hetero women. The usage reflects the moral double standards. Men boast of their own sluttish behaviour and their status goes up. But the accusation of being a slut to a woman, often false, is intended to degrade her and put/keep her in her place. It also implicitly implies threat of physical attack if the woman stands up for herself. Interesting how language is used to control people.

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    • consensus44
      July 9, 2015

      I agree completely. The slanted view of societal acceptability of norms is exactly what is wrong with whole concept of society. We perceive normalcy in an ever evolving and sometimes archaic forms. But male dominance has never really evolved. Thus causing the root of the problem… But then again the baser instinct of female sexuality also dictates that they like the dominant male more than the nice guy. Therein lies the dilemma. Also there are more variable in this whole mess….

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      • conartistocracy
        July 9, 2015

        Or low intelligence women are just more vulnerable to being bullied/manipulated.

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  2. Mohammed Wilkinson
    July 9, 2015

    The way I understood the word slut to be used was as a derogatory descriptive term to label a woman who is promiscuous and is meant to shame promiscuous because promiscuity is seen as morally wrong (and a great way to spread sexual diseases). There is indeed a double standard as we don’t really have a similar word for men.
    As a side note from the perspective of a guy, “getting” a particular woman is seen as a prize, and there are pick up artists who’s livelihood involves teaching men how to pick up women for the sole purpose of sleeping with women. Here women are seen as mystical puzzles that men have to figure out how to unlock. Again this fuels a culture of sex which is very unhealthy.
    My point here is that I don’t think we should downgrade our use of language because the word slut has a specific purpose as a word but rather we should be focusing on the hypocrisy in the western world where we have the “right” to be as sexually active as we want but then are disgusted when we find people who are actually promiscuous.

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    • conartistocracy
      July 9, 2015

      Agreed. As in wouldn’t it be nice if society would make its mind up what the social norms are and apply them consistently. ie if promiscuity is OK no-one should be called a slut. If promiscuity is abhorred then women and men should be identifying the men sluts and degrading them accordingly along the same lines as women. Which won’t happen because the way society works is the powerful have their crimes and immorality overlooked and down played while social “inferiors” are judged and condemned for everything. Power inequalities cause double standards.

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    • consensus44
      July 22, 2015

      True, the limits to the acceptance of liberty and then in accepting the use of said liberty is astounding….

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  3. Mohammed Wilkinson
    July 9, 2015

    Actually powerful people tend to get their crimes overlooked but not always. For example Bill Clinton with his sex scandal and Nixon with the Watergate scandal. And the British politicians who used tax money to pay for their trivial expenses. All of these people got caught. On another note, since we ourselves are part of society, first we should ensure we understand how we want to treat others and then follow through with our beliefs.

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    • Colin Sydney
      July 22, 2015

      True, the limits to the acceptance of liberty and then in accepting the use of said liberty is astounding….

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  4. oogenhand
    July 10, 2015

    Reblogged this on oogenhand.

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  5. psychologistmimi
    July 10, 2015

    interesting write up. thanks for sharing

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  6. winstonscrooge
    July 11, 2015

    Slut is a term intended to shame its target. It conveys a good deal of information about the person dispensing the term. Specifically, the accuser was most likely shamed for something else and seeks another person to shame in order to lessen their own feelings of shame. It is a circle.

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    • Colin Sydney
      July 22, 2015

      That is one of the variables that we also have to consider. Unfortunately the human psyche is both complex and simple…

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  7. susanpots
    July 19, 2015

    What an interesting philosophical article and discussion! I am an artist & gardener who spends a bit of time alone, contemplating the woes and inequalities of the world. I don’t get the chance to interact with such a different cross-section of people, and I love this. Will visit more often. Thank you.

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    • Colin Sydney
      July 22, 2015

      Thank you for ur kind words. I am a political economist and a photographer. It doesn’t matter, what we do, its what we think that makes a difference.

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