How About We Not Use ‘Slutty’ To Describe 6-Year-Olds — Even Pageant Ones

I love our sister site Crushable  and it’s with this love that I say to Alexis Rhiannon that she can kiss my Glitzy-the-pig adoring ass after describing Honey Boo Boo as a “slutty cupcake.”

I don’t want to insult the pastry-family, but Alana closely resembles a slutty cupcake in this outfit. Not that all cupcakes are slutty, just that some of them are.

Wait, what? You just seriously described a six-year-old child as a “slutty cupcake.” A six-year-old. As in I’m-pretty-sure-you-own-at-least-one-sweater-that-is-older-than-six-years-old, six-year-old. This little girl, Honey Boo Boo, has only been on the planet for six years and you are going to call her “slutty?”

Maybe you don’t understand what the word “slutty” means. Allow me and my amazing powers of pushing a button on the Google-machine to enlighten you.

From the free dictionary.com:

Slut: a person, especially a woman, considered to be sexually promiscuous.

Slutty” is the adjective of slut. I don’t care how you feel about Honey Boo Boo, or her family, or her pageant costumes, but I do care when people use sexually abusive slang terms against children. She isn’t a slut, or slutty, she is a little girl, who is going to have to grow up and hear that sort of bullshit for the rest of her life, because this is what we, as women, go through. The majority of women have been called a “slut” or described as “slutty” as an insult and it’s not very fun. For you to use this word against a little girl is lame. The sexualization of young girls in these Toddlers & Tiaras type pageants is something that we can all agree is wrong and exploitive, but do we need to add to the exploitation by calling Honey Boo Boo a word that is not only demeaning towards woman, but that should never, ever be used to describe a kid? It’s not just Alexis Rhiannon who is guilty of this not-so-kind gaffe, any video posted on You Tube  of Honey Boo Boo has commenters calling her a “slut” a “whore” and even worse. Some of the comments I have read:

I will bet anyone any amount of money that this child will work in the sex industry.

It’s basically encouraging your children to become a stuck up, dramatic, douchebag. They’re all cunts for doing this.

It’s like watching a whore in the making…

DOWNS SYNDROME ALBINO CHIMP

Am I the only one who would like to shot both mummy and this child?

I’ve never been pro molestation buutttt….

All this ugliness directed at a person who hasn’t even been reading that long. You can’t call a child “slutty.” Any adjective works better. You can call Honey Boo Boo whatever you like, but think long and hard before you use such an ugly word against a little girl who doesn’t even fully understand the ramifications of being a child star on a reality TV show are, and how this will follow her throughout the rest of her life. By referring to Honey Boo as a “slutty cupcake”  you are participating in the sexualization of a child. Ask any mother how she would react if someone described her small child as “slutty” and I think you can understand why this type of language used towards a girl who hasn’t even lost all of her teeth yet is not only inappropriate, but offensive to all women, no matter how old they are. If you feel the need to make fun of Honey Boo Boo, or criticize child pageants, go for it. But next time, do better than slut-shaming a freaking six-year-old.

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    • Maggie

      Thank you for pointing this out. I just read that article on Crushable and had to comment, because that’s just despicable. Regardless of how you feel about pageants and the various shows on TLC, using that awful word against a 6-year-old, or any other girl or woman, is deplorable.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Word! I’m sure the author didn’t mean any harm by it, it just irks me, I have a daughter and if anyone called her slutty I’d pop ‘ em in the chops.

    • CG

      I agree completely. I read that article and was more than a little disgusted.

    • Denise

      Thank you for writing this, my thoughts exactly. I read that article yesterday and cringed…

    • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

      I didn’t think she was calling the child a slut, I thought she was saying that the outfit looked like a slutty cupcake. I saw a sting bikini in the kid’s section at target last week (that’s a whole different story lol) and I had no problem calling it slutty looking. obviously the child who wears it isn’t slutty. Of course it was different because no one was wearing the bathing suit at the time, but I figured it was in the same vein.

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        I wanted to note that I think a lot of the other things I’ve read about this poor kid are terrible, I just didn’t get the same impression out of Alexis’s post.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I also think part of it is that the bikini doesn’t have feelings, and it isn’t like the bikini will google itself and found out you called it slutty looking while reading the Sunday paper :D

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        My point was that she didn’t call Alana slutty, she called the clothing slutty cupcake-esque, lol. There is a huge difference between that and what some of these trolls are saying in youtube. The author definitely had the wrong choice of words but I highly doubt she was saying that this little kid is slutty. Alana probably didn’t even chose the outfit. maybe she should have said that Mama has slutty cupcake-like taste, lol.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Oh no, I hear ya. slutty just gets me all cranky, especially when used in conjunction with anything relating to kids. I use it all the time to describe wine and brownies though. Now I want slutty cupcakes :(

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        I think slutty brownies are something we can all get behind!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.n.harris.96 Ashley Nicole Harris

      I totally agree with this author. I’m blown away by those comments you posted that were on youtube. People nowadays…

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    • Serena

      A slutty brownie or slutty cupcake are just types of desserts:
      http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/slutty-brownies/ Let’s not get sanctimonious here.

    • Honey Boo Boo is A Whore

      honey boo boo is a slut

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