Students React To: Slut-Shaming!

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For my activism project I decided to perform a social experiment on the students of UMBC. I chose to do the project on slut-shaming because for the past 2 years I have been curious about whether or not people understand how harmful that form of shaming can be especially on young women or if they do it unknowingly.

In order to complete this experiment I formulated 3 situations based on true stories and asked each student to give their HONEST opinion. However, I did not tell the students the circumstances of the situations (in which the girls committed suicide because they were slut-shamed at school).

HERE ARE THOSE SITUATIONS:

  1. Felicia Garcia (2012), a 15 year old Staten Island teen had sex with for male students at a party.
  2. Amanda Todd (2012), 15 years old Canadian teen sent nude pictures to a male counterpart who exposed her pictures.
  3. Rehtaeh Parsons (2012), 17 years old Canadian teen who was recorded being raped by 4 males at a party.

 After I received their opinions on camera I preceded to tell them that each girl committed suicide because they were Slut-Shamed.

 I PRECEDED TO ASKED THESE 5 QUESTIONS:

  1. Have you ever heard of a term known as slut shaming?
  2. What do you think Slut Shaming is?
  3. Now that you know what slut shaming is, have you ever slut shamed?
  4. Did you know that slut shaming is a form of victim blaming? Do you know what victim blaming is?
  5. Now that you have learned about slut shaming and its negative effects do you think you will consider the words you use for women who are dressed a particular way or women who are sexually active?

Each student who agreed to NO LONGER slut-shame were asked to sign contract (BELOW)

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NOW FOR THE FEATURED PRESENTATION!

WATCH FOR THE SLUT & VICTIM BLAMING: 12:48, 13:28, 19:12, & 20:35

WATCH HOW THEY EACH SAY THEY NEVER SLUTSHAMED: 16:56 & 25:16

In conclusion, this project made me feel even more strongly about slut-shaming. I normally spent my time telling my friends and family about Slut-Shaming and why it was wrong, in hopes of stopping them from participating in it. With this project I found a new way to spread awareness about slut-shaming and I was able to get people to think about how slut-shaming affects other people. This is a project that I am very proud of because slut-shaming has been something I’ve been passionate about for a long time now.  I learned that activism comes in different forms and can actually bring change in the world all it take is one person willing to make it happen. 

Remember: Someone’s personhood should not be limited to only one identifier. We serve a lot more for our self then to take all of these unique characteristics and cram them into one word (I.E. Slut, Thot, Hoe, Etc). This happens because of how other people perceive us and how they expect us to be. Your past decisions and your current decisions sculpt you into who you are today so don’t surrender them. As women we have been conditioned to be put against each other for the attention of men. That ingrained idea of misogyny is what is keeping us back, don’t slut-shame encourage your fellow women to be themselves. Everyone deserves RESPECT!

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