Let's Move On From Slut Shaming

By: S. Elle Cameron, Guest Blogger

A thought came across my mind earlier about the use of slut shaming in our society. You would think that in the year 2015, this would be a thing of the past but it is still running wild. To think that women still can’t live their lives freely based on old rituals and beliefs of society is insane.

I am a huge fan of popular culture so I pay attention to the lives and choices of many celebrities (particularly female) and I am appalled when people like Rihanna and Katy Perry are being slut shamed for a costume they decide to wear on stage. This isn’t just a female celebrity problem, it’s an issue for all females out there. Why can’t we be left alone if we want to wear a skirt a little more than above our knees or if we want to show some cleavage?

Men have been able to show off their bodies for years while women swoon and other guys give them a thumbs up. When a woman is showing some skin, men may swoon but other women are turning up their noses and scowling their faces. Surprisingly, most of the slut-shaming comes from women themselves. Girls, we have to do better.

Instead of judging one another how about we support one another? It’s okay if it isn’t your thing but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to make another woman feel bad because she’s expressing herself freely.

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Some women choose the route of promiscuity (it’s not my thing and it may not be yours) but that doesn’t mean she deserves to be called so many horrible names. I can’t even keep track of all the derogatory names they have out there for women. As long as you’re not lying with someone who’s already taken, honestly what’s the big deal? What another woman does, doesn’t impact my life what so ever. Our problem isn’t that women should change, it’s that society should change their mindset and obscured view of women. Not all women have to fit in a neat little category.

Growing up I was told promiscuous girl don’t get husbands. There are two things wrong with this statement. One: it’s entirely untrue. There have been many promiscuous women who are now happily married. Two: the purpose of life for a woman isn’t to snag a husband. Life should be lived freely and as long as you’re not harming anyone in the process, why should it cause for an uproar?

In short, as a society we worry about the wrong things. People demonize others with a good heart based on how they’re dressed or what they choose to do in their personal (or in this case sexual) lives. Next time, before you judge another girl or fix your mouth to say something that may ruin a person’s reputation think about who they really are (or may be). BE THAT GIRL and make a difference!

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About Elle

elle.jpgS. Elle Cameron is the 23 year old author of the Young Adult/New Adult novel, A Tragic Heart & RED. Music and personal experiences inspire her to write on a daily basis. She is also the founder of Outsider Fiction. To learn more, visit her at www.sellecameron.com or www.sellecameron.blogspot.com Twitter: @SElleCameron

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