One of the most unattractive features of America’s culture is the double standard when it comes to sex. Men are told that having sex with as many partners as possible is the key to true masculinity, and women are told that they should never have sex unless it’s with someone they’re going to spend their lives with. If women decide to have sex with whomever they want to, and when they want to rather than when society tells them to, they’re ostracized.
Perhaps the most common slur that women who choose to embrace their own sexual independence have thrown at them is the word slut. It’s short, ugly, and it can easily be used as a cudgel to bludgeon a woman back into line.
The Unslut Project
The Unslut Project is an initiative begun by Emily Lindin. According to the project’s website the goal is to fight against sexual bullying, and the culture of slut-shaming that abuses women and girls in America, as well as around the world. The hope is that by promoting age-appropriate sex education, providing a safe place to share stories, and creating awareness of gender issues that we can do away with this damaging, hurtful idea that women should only express their sexuality in specific ways.
Escaping The Culture of Violence and Shame
Slut-shaming and sexual violence is a massive problem in America, and we’re only just beginning to address it. From victim-blaming in cases of rape, to school dress codes that tell girls their exposed shoulders are more important than their educations, the Unslut Project is trying to help people take that first, sex positive step forward.