• Fri, Jan 13 2012

Video: 13-Year-Old Girl Schools Us On Slut-Shaming And Rape Culture

13-year-old girl slut-shaming videoIt’s not just us ladies on the blogosphere these days who are refusing to call Courtney Stodden a “slut” and discourage the word in response to girls’ clothing. In these modern times, it looks like even 13-year-old girls are taking to the interwebs to discuss the topic of slut-shaming as it affects their junior high lives. And one in particular can break it down for you in just three and a half minutes.

A very articulate young lady known only as “Astorice” on the web carved out some alone time with her video cam to explain the following topic: “Slut-Shaming and Why It’s Wrong.” The blonde, braces-clad teen not only gives us a solid definition of what slut-shaming is, she also effectively ties the concept to rape culture. And just so we’re all clear on our terms here, the perceptive 13-year-old says:

“Slut-shaming the act of degrading or mocking a woman because she dresses in tight or revealing clothing, enjoys sex, has a lot of sex, or is rumored to be sexually active.”

She accurately defines rape culture as:

“…a culture in which sexual violence against women is commonplace and in which prevalent attitudes tolerate said sexual violence. Slut-shaming contributes to this by sending the message that it’s OK to rape sluts because by having too much sex or dressing in tight revealing clothing, they’re somehow asking for it.”

She reminds us that, counter to what rape culture would have have us believe:

“Rape is caused by rapists, misogyny, structural violence, and institutional tolerance — not by women’s clothing or makeup, not the way she talks, or walks, not by her drinking, not by her not being careful enough, and certainly not by being a slut.”

This smart kid not only has her facts straight, but delivers these terms with conviction, solid examples, andwith a tone suggesting that she’s able to see past all that slut-shaming chatter that often begins within her age bracket. Yet this bright girl knows better perhaps due to the flourishing feminist blogosphere that is so accessible to web-savvy tweens and teens. Now if only we could get a video of young 13-year-old spouting off these concepts.

 

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  • Kiona J.

    Such a well-spoken, intelligent young woman. Proof that age means nothing when it comes to maturity. You go, girl!

    • Byron

      I agree but I wonder if we’d have the same outlook had we been reading an article about her having sex with multiple partners which she considers perfectly fine. (and yes, I’m the faithful type…I think there’s value in that, leave me alone :D)

      What if one of them was an adult, would it still be ok then too? I mean, she’s mature, right? I have an inkling it wouldn’t turn quite as well despite her intelligent status.

    • Moosegirl

      Since when does being the ‘faithful’ type rule out having multiple partners? Sex can be casual, and does not equal or require a relationship. There are also things like open relationships and open marriages…

    • Kiona J.

      @Byron I gave this young woman high praise because of the intelligent manner in which she articulates her point of view in regards of slut-shaming. I was just congratulating the her for being so well-spoken of her thoughts.

      If this was an article about her having sex with multiple partners and/or older partners, I would take a different stance. However, if she were as well-spoken in that discussion as she is in this one, then I’d still see her as an intelligent young woman.

  • xobolaji

    fantastic! awesome video.

    i’d also be inclined to say that it’s nobody’s business but your own if you choose to participate in a purity ball. regardless of what the feminist movement says about sexuality and sexual liberty, what if a woman chooses to believe what she wants to believe about sex. what then? is she not entitled to wallow in her own so-called ignorance? and should we not also give her the benefit of the doubt and accord her the same respect?

    i believe it’s well and good for women to be able to fight for women’s rights in manner that’s appropriate and suitable for them, but i’m finding it extremely difficult to follow a movement that insists i’m doing womanhood all wrong.

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  • julie

    sluts should be shamed… this girl should be ashamed of herself

    • kiona j.

      lol troll you tried. next time, try harder :)

    • Samantha

      Don’t feed the trolls! What an intelligent young woman.

  • guest

    this girl is right . slut shaming is wrong period.

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