high school girl*In sexual harrasement, rape, and/or physical crime cases against women, the woman’s wardrobe and overall appearance is often brought up and used against them.

This is called “blaming the victim” because she essentially entrapped the man into bad behavior.

Jenelle Marie defines the term “slut-shaming” in a courageous article she wrote for Yahoo! News about her experiences as a teenager being shunned and misunderstood because of the sexual perception her peers had of her.

She eloquently describes the trickle down effect of being “shamed.”

The shaming did not help to persuade her from having sex or being flirtatious. In fact, she contracted Herpes and was more sexually active than any other time before the shaming began. 

Marie provides interesting information about the choices young women make based upon the act of “slut shaming” as well as the repercussions they experience after those decisions are made.

“And for anyone who’s not familiar with the term, “slut-shaming” is the act of declaring someone a slut (or a whore or any other similar word, or even promiscuous, for that matter) based upon perceived sexual behavior: the clothing someone wears, the way they communicate with potential partners, the people they date, the number of partners they have (or haven’t) had, and the type of sex they enjoy.

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