Feminism | Posted by Alana M on 02/7/2011

“Smack A Slut Week” is No Laughing Matter

every time you call a girl a slut a unicorn dies.

don't judge.

These days, the only way I can get my friends together is through Facebook. That handy little “Events” section has really helped organize my social life. So, imagine my surprise when I logged on today to see“Smack a Slut Week” as an event I was previously invited to. Smack a Slut week, if you aren’t privy to such information, lasts from October 3rd to October 7th and can be celebrated “anywhere you like,” by, you guessed it, smackin’ sluts.

Most of the comments were your standard derogatory jokes about those darn sluts and their slutty, evil ways. Some of my more enlightened folks bravely attempted to battle this obviously sexist malarkey. But then I saw this gem from one of the event’s attendees. She said, “Nobody realizes the levels of both sarcasm, and ‘non-seriousness’ to this. LOOK AT HOW MANY WOMEN ARE ATTENDING THE EVENT. It’s not like men are going ‘oh man I can’t wait for that one week in October, I’m gonna hit so many bitches.’ They’re going ‘LOLOL THIS IS BETTER THAN HUG-A-POLE DAY.’? Everyone overreacting about this is overreacting like FUCK.”

Ah, the old, “LAWL GAIZ, IT’S JUST A JOKE,” excuse. Clearly it’s just a joke, so no one’s taking this seriously. No one slut shames women who choose to publically explore their sexuality. Especially not women and young girls. It’s not like the creator of this event is a man who chose a rather tasteful picture of Christina Aguilera to depict his idea of a slut. It’s not like guys have been posting all over the boards things like, “Man, I hate sluts,” or, “I really hate these dumb sluts!” No one takes jokes against women seriously, right?

Think again. A study done by Thomas Ford at the Western Carolina University found that sexist humor does impact the way we view women, subconsciously. It found that men discriminated against women more often when exposed to sexist jokes than both non-humorous sexist statements and neutral, non-sexist jokes. Ford had this to say on his findings: “We believe that this shows that humorous disparagement creates the perception of a shared standard of tolerance of discrimination that may guide behavior when people believe others feel the same way.”

And it’s not just that sexist jokes subconsciously manipulate how we view and treat women. It’s the fact that we even consider women who are sexually active a joke in our society, as if to say, “Ho ha, silly female, don’t you know you’re supposed to keep that vagina of yours a secret?” The slut is never the good girl in stories or movies. The slut is always Taylor Swift’s enemy in her songs, the troubled girl in a family sitcom, or the simple-and-sexually-available archetype in movies. Sluts are shamed, to a great degree, by females themselves. Just ask any high school girl what her go-to insult is about another girl who stole her boyfriend, a girl who wears revealing clothing, or just a girl she doesn’t particularly care for. Women participate in slut-shaming and women-hating as much as anyone else.

The debate about Smack a Slut Week shouldn’t be “is it or is it not” a joke. It shouldn’t be about how many girls are in the group. It should be about whether the message being sent to and about women, especially sexually open women, is positive or negative. If there is any positive aspect to Smack a Slut Week, I certainly don’t see it. All I see is yet another way men and women alike gang up on women who dare to live their sexual lives outside the societal norm.

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  • Shaming « Arthur: the Art Zine @ at 3:38 pm, February 7th, 2011

    [...] love a good editorial.  We love it when it’s about feminism.  We love this one, speaking out against the stupidity and general awfulness that is Smack a Slut Week.  Keep at it, f bomb.  We’re big [...]

  • Katherine C. @ at 4:05 pm, February 7th, 2011

    A-ha! Thank you so much for citing that study! Now I finally have ammunition against the guys in my world affairs class who make horribly sexist jokes and then tell me I have no sense of humor when I get mad. Great post!

  • Moody @ at 8:10 pm, February 7th, 2011

    Did you make this up?

  • A @ at 8:23 pm, February 7th, 2011

    I love this! Well, its content is regarding something awful and sexist, but I love the article. ;) Great job. It made me think of “Easy A” the whole time, which I think does a pretty good job of exploring the virgin/whore dichotomy…

  • Liz @ at 8:50 pm, February 7th, 2011

    I agree with the above post! Didn’t everyone see Easy A? C’mon!

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  • Samuel W. @ at 12:39 pm, February 8th, 2011

    I’m sick and tired of this stupid shit. If I were attending, I would just go on and say that plain and simple. If it’s a joke, it’s a bad, bad joke! I’m absolutely tired of that bad joke! It’s NOT funny, in any way shape or form!

  • Sarita @ at 1:39 pm, February 8th, 2011

    You mean I gotta wait till October?

    Naw, my bitches need slapping now.

  • krista @ at 8:45 pm, February 8th, 2011

    Smack a slut…wow.

    Wtf?no srsly, wtf?

  • NWOslave @ at 10:07 pm, February 12th, 2011

    If you’re so offended by some stupid little blog think about having to put up with every TV show, commercial, newspaper, magazine, billboard, ect. belittling you.

    Here’s a few quote’s from your exalted leaders.

    “I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” — Robin Morgan

    “To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he’s a machine, a walking dildo.”
    – Valerie Solanas

    “I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” — Andrea Dworkin

    “All sex, even consensual sex between a married couple, is an act of violence perpetrated against a woman.” — Catherine MacKinnon

    “Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience.” – Catherine Comins

    “All men are rapists and that’s all they are”
    – Marilyn French, Authoress; (later, advisoress to Al Gore’s Presidential Campaign.)

    “I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He’s just incapable of it.”
    – Barbara Jordan; Former Congresswoman.

    “Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.”
    – Germaine Greer.

    “We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    The list of fun quotes is endless, now imagine leader’s magazine’s, TV and newspaper’s saying these thing about women.

  • Myrianne Jones @ at 1:06 pm, February 15th, 2011

    Thank you.

    ~m

  • Girl Here @ at 7:10 am, February 27th, 2011

    I assume by “Hug-A-Pole-Day” they are refering to a particular part of the male body. So it’s even more sad that men get “Hug-A-Pole” and women get “Smack-A-Slut”. That comparison alone shows something pretty telling.

  • Christina @ at 6:12 pm, March 4th, 2011

    Well what is a slut? To me, a slut is someone who immorally sleeps around, not for sexual freedom, but to degrade other women or men as a means to make herself feel superior, a way to manipulate, is careless about the consequences of her actions, is irresponsible, sleeps with married men, sleeps to gain power, etc. etc. To me, thats a slut. A woman who has multiple partners because she enjoys sex, wants to explore her sexuality, etc, is not a slut. Someone who wears revealing clothing is not a slut. It’s a way of self expression. But if she wears revealing clothing to conform to the male gaze, to conform to society’s bullshit of beauty or feels that the only way to gain respect is to dress less, etc, not because she likes that outfit and feels empowered, but rather wants to gain power or make others jealous, thats skankdom. I roll my eyes with my fellow feminists who condemn the word slut but not the word cunt or bitch. To me, a cunt will never feel like a good word no matter what. Bitch will never feel like a good word. Slut won’t either, but why not just use other words to describe people instead of being so gender specific in our language. I personally call women who I feel are slutty “promiscuous” just because I feel that sums it up because slut to me is a slamming word rather than description and can be applied to men as well. Idk, it’s a fine line and I am sick of feminists trying to be like men and their promiscuous culture rather than being sexually free and a decent person. I’m a feminist btw.

  • Charlie Sheen: Celebrating a Bad-Boy Who Abuses Women | BroadBlogs @ at 6:23 am, March 9th, 2011

    [...] 7th, and can be celebrated “anywhere you like, by, you guessed it, smackin’ sluts,” as The F-Bomb put it. Just a joke? One study found that men discriminated against women more after hearing sexist [...]

  • Kaytee @ at 1:34 pm, March 18th, 2011

    “…outside the social norm.” And the worst part about this is that if you DON’t participate in some sort of sexual activity, even just kissing or making out, then that’s also outside the social norm. Abstinence isn’t the social norm, but being sexually active isn’t either?

  • Victoria L @ at 11:39 pm, March 6th, 2012

    Why is it that if a woman has numerous relationships with people it is considered ‘bad’ and she is instantly labelled with a negative term as ‘slut’, but when men have many relationships they gain respect and a labelled with a ‘positive’ term in the form of stud. What is the difference? Gender. Why is it okay for men to have many sexual relations and not ok for females to do the same? Sexism. The world still has a long way to go on this front.

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