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Opinion: No shame in ‘slut’

Austin Mann

Austin Mann LIPS, an area zine that seeks to bring sexual conversation into modern discourse, held their “Ask a Slut” event in Plemmons Student Union Wednesday.

During this event, LIPS members tried to start conversations with passersby to inform them of issues regarding slut shaming and sexual double standards.

It is somewhat annoying to me to hear the word “slut” being used on campus as a derogatory term.

Since when did having sex, even a lot of sex, become a bad thing?

This is due to the double standard that men should be doing everything in their power to have sex, while women are somehow demonized for doing the same thing.

What sort of standard is this?

This is simply a holdover from the days of chivalry, when women were pure figures and men were tough and, most importantly, manly.

Perhaps a better analysis is that this was a time when women were property and were not allowed to have relations of their own. If “my woman” went around town with all the other guys, then who is to say that my children were really mine? Who is to say that the property I pass along to them has stayed in the family?

It is time that people stop shaming women for breaking this double standard, which doesn’t deserve to exist in the first place.

Mann, a freshman computer science major from Raleigh, is an opinion writer.

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