Girls are called “sluts” and “whores” for a slew of absurd reasons. Sandra Fluke may have been called a “prostitute” for engaging in public discourse and advocating for something she strongly believes in, but she is hardly the first woman, nor will she be last to be attacked with sexually-charged language because she’s female. Culturally, we have quite a long history of attacking women and girls with such misogynistic language — much of which is still common on many modern playgrounds. Girls as young as nine years old may not know the actual definition of a “slut,” but they do know that the term implies that they have transgressed in some way — either for the length of their skirt or simply for excelling in school.

Traditionally, “slut” has always been a term used to degrade women and girls for their sexual behavior which is problematic on its own. But even now, this type of attack on girls is considered socially warranted for all kinds of behavior, much of which we now hope to instill in our daughters such as being smart, independant, outspoken, opinionated, and unique.

Your daughter doesn’t even have to be sexually active to be called a “slut” by her peers, her friends, other women, and of course even Rush Limbaugh. And yet, from the predictable backlash to her playing with makeup to standing up for herself in a fight, all continue to be socially acceptable grounds to slander her as a “slut.”

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