By Anushe Noor Faheem, Guest BloggerSeptember 17, 2015
"It’s people like you who make it clear women should never have been given rights.”
”You know the best thing about a feminist? They don’t get any action so when you rape them if feels 100 times tighter."
These were the words sent to Olivia Melville, a young teen who has recently become the target of slut shaming. These words are evidence of how easy someone can be targeted, just because of their sexuality. Online misogyny is a rising issue today. Women who use social media as a means of expressing themselves have become a major target for online harassment and slut shaming.
It’s become all too come for people who disagree with a woman to simply call her a "slut" as an insult.
In the online sphere, a woman is a "slut" if she has an opinion, if she feels the liberty to express herself, or if she posts pictures in clothes that others may not agree with. I believe that everyone has a right to disagree, but people easily forget that this also requires respect for one’s differences. Calling a woman a sut, or any other degrading name, is exploiting her self-worth and value.
Although this story is terrible, the way Melville's friends reacted has been inspirational.
image via buzzfeed.com
They stood up for their friends and took a bold step by declaring how unacceptable these comments were. They made it a point to make sure everyone knew that these words were not okay.
Women must understand that they can’t be silent when they or their friends face such comments. We must stand firm and fight for ourselves.
Have you or a friend ever been the victim of slut shaming? How did you handle it? Tell us below!
I’m a teenager and am eager about social issues majorly the ones of women and children rights. Currently also contributing to Global Voices as a bridge blogger (http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/anushenoor/. ). Tweets as @AnusheNoor. A music lover and listen to almost all genres. Hobbies include singing, reading and writing and sometimes dancing.
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