Thoughts on the Slutwalk and reclaiming the word “Slut”

“Each time an honourable word–like lesbian–is used as a weapon of insult, or some honorable act–like a woman having sex because she wants to with a lover or lovers of her choice–is used as a weapon of insult, or some honorable choice–like being celibate–is used as a weapon of insult, the women who are and who do and who choose are irrevocably hurt and diminished. The answer is not as simple as losing one’s fear of the words themselves (whether they apply or not), because any woman would be a fool not to be afraid of what is behind the words.
Behind the words is the man who uses them and the power of his whole class over the women against whom they are used. Each time contempt is expressed for the dyke, the prude, the slut, hatred is being expressed toward all women. Whether the insults are accepted in society, tolerated, encouraged, the main stuff of humor, or merely passively acqiuesced in, the devaluing of women is perpetuated, the intimidation of women is furthered. …”

Smart, concise and hitting the nail on the head.

Not me, of course. Andrea Dworkin.

Over thirty years ago.

[Inspired in response to this post.]

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10 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Slutwalk and reclaiming the word “Slut”

  1. Smart, concise and hitting the nail on the head.

    Yes indeed. Thanks for sharing CBL.

    My favourite part:
    any woman would be a fool not to be afraid of what is behind the words

    Yes indeed Ms Dworkin. Yes indeed.

  2. Arrhh! My eyes! Why didn’t you warn us that link went to Hugo Liverlips?! πŸ˜›

    I luv The Dworkin.

  3. Whew! I’m okay now. I just re-read The Dworkin as an antidote! πŸ˜‰

    I did want to let you know that I knicked the quote to paste over at a place I *do my thing*. I did credit you by name but not by link because I didn’t want you to be having to deal with possible *unfriendlies* clogging your spam folder…

    So, for future reference, what are your guidlines for linkage dahling?

  4. ‘Each time (male-centric) contempt is expressed for the dyke, the prude, the slut, (male-centric) hatred is being expressed toward all women. ‘

    Will pseudo feminists ‘get it?’ I doubt it because seeing through the lies male supremacy tells means seeing our women-hating world for what it really is – not what men claim.

    Andrea Dworkin said it first and no we can’t reclaim a male-created sexual insult created specifically to ensure women remain in constant fear of being perceived as ‘a slut.’ ‘Slut’ doesn’t exist but that hasn’t prevented men from claiming this myth to be true. ‘Slut’ also operates to keep women divided because women are either ‘respectable’ or else they are ‘sluts.’

    Thirty years ago Andrea Dworkin wrote the above piece and male supremacy hasn’t chanced one iota. Men continue to hate women and many women continue to believe if they adhere to male supremacist ideology concerning women’s behaviour, then women might finally be accepted as human. Wishful thinking!

    • yes… they are adhering to the male supremist ideology aren’t they.. they haven’t *invented* any ideology themselves.
      One thing rhondda said over at femonade was that they might be saying “we know you think we’re sluts and we don’T care “… that is kind of empowering…. but it doesn’t change *anything*.. and basically if the same women weren’t dressed like sluts these walks wouldn’t even get a mention in the papers… they probably know that too.

  5. Smart, concise and hitting the nail on the head.

    Exactly. No need to rewrite Andrea Dworkin, and some others.

    Read the writers.

    Refuse SERF (Sausage Edition of Radical Feminism). Ground up, served with indigestible gristle.

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