Letter to the Editor: Column reinforces sexist stereotypes
- Oct. 31, 2012
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As a free-thinking woman living in the 21st century, I am deeply offended by the slut-shaming portrayed by Mayfield’s article reinforcing sexist stereotypes published on Monday. Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog defines slut-shaming as shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging/acting on sexual feelings. This message implies that sexuality is bad, and as a society we have the right to objectify women based on their clothing (or lack thereof.) The hate portrayed in the article is something I would usually expect from the conservative medium, not from a fellow woman.
Now this article does not depict the more common form of slut-shaming that we see when women are seen as “asking for it.” Instead it highlights the underlying psychological problem that a woman is only worth what we see at face value. It suggests that the more of our body we cover the better – can you think of any other society that holds these beliefs? I can and I know the implications it can have on a society. See: “My Forbidden Face” by Latifa.
Halloween gives people the opportunity to dress however they want to either assume another’s role for a night, or just to have fun. Men can dress like women without ridicule; people can dress as nuns and missionaries without being shunned; and women can be a sexy nurse, a sexy apple, a sexy fork for all I care; and the only one that has a problem with this are those that hold this prejudice. To correct a quote you paraphrased: You have got to stop referring to women as sluts and whores because of how they look. It just makes it OK for the whole world to call us sluts and whores.
P.S. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the girl wearing whatever I want.
Amanda Schulze is a Junior from Wichita majoring in Spanish.