Slut is a derogatory term, and one commonly applied to women, specifically, for the purpose of causing harm. While it's true that there exist
male sluts, they are almost never called out for it, because it's generally accepted to be a good thing. If a man sleeps with twenty women, society tells him that he is AWESOME and gives him a high five. If a woman sleeps with twenty men, society tells her that she is an awful person and should be ashamed of her terrible behavior.
"Slut" can be a gender-neutral term, but the way it's applied in the modern world is specifically to be harmful to women and, as such, it can still be considered to be a harmful word. Men don't get slut-shamed, they get slut-approved.
edited 2nd Oct '13 11:25:10 AM by TobiasDrake
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