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Boo, you whore!

In Language on October 12, 2010 at 1:19 am

I think this will be the last post in my language series, unless people have suggestions.  As you’ve gone through them, you may have been wondering, ‘where in the world are the old school terms?’ Well, I’m getting to it now.  I just sort of started with whatever came to mind first.  I’m sure every female out there has been called a slut, hoe, whore, skank, or cow if you’re more inclined to British insults…once in their lives, not only by men, but by other women as well.  It’s quite the popular insult to use,  especially in middle school and high school.  Girls even use it as terms of endearment.  The movie ‘Mean Girls’ comes to mind when I think of this…in my opinion (obviously) it’s a really good rendition of the issues girls have to face and how they can get sucked into that vicious cycle – it shows it in a funny way, but there are other films out there, that show the darker side of being a young girl: “Virgin Suicides” and “Thirteen” for example. 

Why we as females, especially as young females, tend to throw around these words I have no idea, since in literal terms it’s basically calling someone a prostitute, and no girl wants that – NONE.  And when used lightly, girls think they can wear their loose behavior or inappropriate ways of dressing as almost a badge of honor, as though being promiscuous is ‘cool’ or ‘sassy’, which can be dangerous, especially for middle school girls, who are more and more likely to have sex these days.  And in reality, the line between being a ‘fun slut’ and an actual ‘slut’ is very thin. So ladies, just be careful before you throw this term around lightly next time, because in the overarching societal use of it, it leads to some serious repercussions.  Not to mention continuing the vicious cycle of disrespect felt by our selves and by the opposite sex.

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