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The War On Women: Reconstructing The Term ‘Slut’ In Modern-day America

I remember the day I found out the meaning behind the word ‘slut’. It was an interesting day, an informative day, a pretty life changing day, to say the least. Maybe it’s me getting older, or maybe it’s just me caring less, but I really feel all the ‘sluts’ in America aren’t very ashamed of that specific title. Actually, I don’t think they are offended at all. They don’t even care. Wait, are they actually proud of being called a ‘slut?’ I’m wrong completely – they just aren’t sluts to begin with. Welcome to 2012 – where you can call a girl a ‘slut’ and it means absolutely nothing. How did that even happen?

BREAKING NEWS: It’s election time. This means there’s a ton of rich men dancing around the country in fancy suits acting like they know what the rest of America wants. Oh, and boy do they ever. This year, the US election includes current President Barrack Obama (D) running for his second term against Mitt Romney (R) from Michigan.

But let’s forget about the whole Democrat-Republican thing for just one millisecond of our entire lifetime and let me ask you this: Is your mom a ‘slut?’ (Yes, I just asked if your mom is a ‘slut’) Is she a ‘slut’ because she’s on birth control? What if she is only because her serious health condition requires the use of birth control pills in order to regulate her body and keep it stable and healthy? But back to my original question: Is.Your.Mom.A.‘Slut?’ All right, enough of that. So, you don’t think so, but Rush Limbaugh does. And on top of Rush Limbaugh thinking your mom is a ‘slut’, he goes ahead and tells everyone else she’s a ‘slut’ too. On the radio. Now what?

Rock the Slut Vote
American talk-show host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ a few months ago when Fluke said she uses contraceptives. This is the movement that resulted: Rock the Slut Vote.

We are you. We are your sisters. We are your nieces and aunts. We are your best friends. We are your wives and partners. We are your daughters, mothers and grandmothers. We are the men in your lives who love and respect women. Together, we are a force to be reckoned with.

This movement is interesting to me, because it takes a word with negative connotations and turns it into a word of power and resistance for women.

Our mission is to fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women. We will wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote.

‘Slut’ Origins
The word ‘slut’ has roots in Germanic words schluttschlutte, and schlutz, according to Oxford English. ’Slut’ originally means, ‘a woman of dirty or uncleanly habits.’ Wait, what?  How does this even make sense? If a woman is using different forms of contraception in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted infections/diseases and for other health reasons/concerns, how does that in any way, shape, or form, make this woman a ‘slut?’ Isn’t she doing the exact opposite of being a ‘slut?’ Isn’t she doing the exact opposite of being dirty? Last time I checked, dirty was absolutely not a synonym of protection.

When I was in high school, a ‘slut’ was a girl that had sex with anyone and everyone, not even caring about anything else except for the sole fact that she was having sex – she was doing it – she was getting it in. She didn’t care about condoms. In fact, she only used birth control just so she could have sex without the condom. Today, a ‘slut’ is anyone and everyone who uses contraceptives? This can’t be right. In fact, this is incredibly wrong.

How is a woman a ‘slut’ if she believes in protecting her body, and keeping her health safe? How is a woman a ‘slut’ if she is smart enough to know she does not want to have children and is not ready for children, and will try to prevent that from happening? I am not agreeing nor disagreeing with any political party, but if an old man (who clearly doesn’t know what it’s like to have a vagina, menstrual period, or be a woman in any sense) is calling a woman a ‘slut’ for being safe, healthy and yes, smart, then we have a major problem on our hands.

Who Runs the World? Gir… Oh…. Umm…
It’s ignorant for a person this day and age to publicly condemn sex. It’s ignorant to say the answer is simple: just stop having sex. REALITY CHECK: It’s not that simple. It’s also 2012. HELLO, people are NOT GOING TO STOP HAVING SEX. We are way past that, I’m afraid to say. If one really thinks people are just going to magically stop having sex one day, they are incredibly mistaken. Or they can just go to every media outlet in the world and tell them to stop splashing advertisements, films, articles, etc. that ooze sex. And then please do the rest of the world a favor and have whoever is in charge “Please kindly remove the Kim Kardashian sex tape and destroy it. Thank you.”

The media is probably the best indicator of what is happening to our society. The media constantly has to figure out what people want, and what people like in order to create a target audience and sell products to them, advertise to them, appeal to them, speak to them. Everything we see on television, is everything we have shown and proved we want more of — sex. Don’t you see? We don’t want sex to go away – we want even more of it.

Who runs the World? Media. So, what is the next step? Adapting to the situation. Sex isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Work with it.

Did anyone ever take the term ‘Pro-Health’ into account?
The Rock the Slut Vote movement aims to tell women, we are pro-health, and this is what comes first on our agendas. Pro-life, Pro-choice, Pro-nothing even dealing with babies.  Did anyone ever think about that? Maybe this is the reason America has so many health issues: because we try and make a moral debate out of everything.

A ‘slut’ takes care of her body. A ‘slut’ is safe about sex. A ‘slut’ respects herself. A ‘slut’ puts herself before anyone else. If this is what being a ‘slut’ is all about, then I would take that compliment from anyone, any day of the week.

There is no reason women should be victimized for something that isn’t anyone else’s business to begin with – especially someone who doesn’t even know what it is to be a woman. *cough* MEN *cough*

You might be a ‘Slut’
So, are you a ‘slut?’ On the Rock the Slut Vote website, you can take the quiz to find out exactly how ‘slutty’ you are! How exciting is that?

And next time you call someone a ‘slut’ make sure you realize the word doesn’t mean the same thing it did when you were in seventh grade.

And now, a message that has been approved by ‘sluts’ everywhere:

You can read more from Morgan Dzakowic on her blog.

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