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Dorothy: Rose, what do you call a girl who's slept with a man she's known for less than one day?
Blanche: A damn good sport?
Dorothy: I call her a tramp.

Slut-shaming is the act of making someone feel bad for their promiscuity, by linking higher promiscuity with lower worth as a human being.

Slut-shaming is directed against women far more often than against men, not least because of the cultural perception that sex is something men do to women. Thus, one 19th/20th-century Sino-European Double Standard holds that a man who has sex is just "being a man", whereas a woman who has sex is Defiled Forever—a font of moral corruption who will make the people around her lazy hedonists. Yet, the men are often free to admire or even have sex with the "sluts" while despising them at the same time. An alternative view, extant since the 19th century, is that because men are sometimes seen as innately slutty, calling one a slut doesn't mean much.

Although the slut stereotype is not commonly applied to men (at least straight men - stereotypes/stigma associated with women are often also applied to men who have sex with men), that is not to say that it cannot or does not directly harm them as well. For example, if men are always willing to have sex, then a man can't be sexually assaulted, because how could he not want it? Indeed, a man who is shamed for sexual promiscuity is more likely to be painted as a predator than as a slut.


"Higher promiscuity" is extremely relative from one society to another, and often from one person to another, depending on age, race, class, etc. What you wear, how you act, what you do, whom you do, all of them can be ammunition against you. Usually the basis of the accusations (or allegations) of sluttiness are:

These next ones don't count as long as you only do them with your wife/husband.

Characters will heroically engage in Slut-Shaming in works that play the My Girl Is Not a Slut trope straight, whereas Slut-Shaming will be played unsympathetically in works that insist promiscuity is good and say My Girl Is a Slut.

Those who engage in Slut-Shaming doubt the existence of the Ethical Slut and often are portrayed as Moral Guardians who insist Sex Is Evil. Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains is a form of sister trope. See also Madonna–Whore Complex and My Girl Is Not a Slut. Compare Sour Prudes and Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny. Compare All Men Are Perverts and All Women Are Lustful, which when applied judgmentally can be considered a society-wide form of slut-shaming leveled against an entire gender. Contrast Virgin-Shaming when a character is ridiculed for being a virgin instead of for not being one.

Note: Please refrain from virgin-shaming when adding examples. If people can pursue casual sexual experience without being judged, they should also be able to choose abstinence without being labelled a "prude".

Dirty, Shameful Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pretty much everyone in Bitter Virgin who finds out that Hinako was raped by her stepfather and had a baby by him worries that Daisuke (her love interest) will consider her Defiled Forever, unaware he has known since the start. Later, when Daisuke's sister comes home pregnant and unwed, most of the town (including the mother) think the sister was shameful and slutty. In both cases, the manga treats the women as sympathetic — Hinako's experience is traumatic and Daisuke never thinks badly of her for it, and his sister is shown as being intelligent and friendly. Meanwhile, the mother comes around to accepting her grandchild and the people engaging in said Slut-Shaming are portrayed as being ignorant.
  • In DNA2, Mako tries to get Kotomi slut-shamed and hence barred from taking part in an important tournament by stating that she had spent the last night in a Love Hotel with her boyfriend since she had seen the two leave the redlight district the evening before. Since Kotomi stands up to her and asks if Mako has any proof, everyone immediately knows that Mako was lying.
  • In Fruits Basket, Tohru's aunt, uncle, and cousin strongly imply that she was sleeping around and/or molested by the Sohma men she was staying with (granted finding out a high school girl was living with three unrelated men wouldn't be taken well by many people, but the Sohmas were perfectly respectable towards her and the relatives were clearly mocking poor Tohru). They also accuse her mother of being wanton and a slut, because she'd been in a biker gang in her youth. When Kyo and Yuki come to retrieve her, Tohru's cousin recognizes them as "the two guys the little tramp was shacking up with." In response, Yuki, in full Tranquil Fury mode, gets in his face, calls him a lowlife, and warns him to never talk about Tohru like that again, leaving Tohru's cuz speechless.
  • Fasalina from GUN×SWORD does this to herself, hating herself for being a former prostitute/pole dancer. She supports the Claw's agenda thinking it's the best way to atone for her "sins". The only other person who uses her past against her is Ray, who is portrayed as a Jerkass for most of the series, but being 'the good guy' while Fasalina herself is an Affably Evil Dark Action Girl.
  • In Kaze to Ki no Uta, Gilbert is subjected to this by other students in his school. It is also a part of the discrimination against Serge's Romani mother Paiva, which has become something of a Berserk Button for Serge himself.
  • Maken-ki!: Zigzagged in chapter 111. Love Espada gets confronted by apparitions of male students who call her a whore for always tempting them with her body, yet never allowing them to screw her. But the accusation doesn't offend her, it turns her on, so she lets them do it right then and there.
  • In MM!, Yuno Arashiko developed androphobia after her boyfriend tried to rape her, and then severely beat her when she scratched him in defense; what hurt worst though was the way people treated her after she recovered because he'd been spreading rumors about her and convinced everyone that she was a slut.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Kurumu is absolutely pissed and decides It's Personal when Keito calls her a "dumb slutty airhead" to her face.
  • At the start of My Love Story!!, Yamato gets groped by a chikan on the train. After Takeo confronts the man, the guy tries to put the blame on Yamato for wearing a skirt (which is a part of her school uniform). Takeo doesn't have any of it and punches him.
  • My Wife is the Student Council President: In episode 4, Rin tells Izumi the real reason she joined the school's disciplinary committee. It was to dispel the rumors that she allegedly used her large breasts to steal another's girl's boyfriend. The truth of the matter was, it was unintentional since Rin wasn't aware of him until after the breakup and she still turned him down.

  • Jim Jefferies, in one of his routines, argues that the common Double Standard in which women are more often shamed for promiscuity than men isn't as unfair as it sounds. The reason men get praised for promiscuity is that for them it's an accomplishment, while for women, "To be a slut you just have to be there". In his words, "It's fuckin' easy to be a slut. It's fuckin' hard to be a stud", and "You can be a fat ugly slut. There are no fat ugly studs."
  • Dan Cummins discusses double-standards of parenting, pointing out that some fathers are excited for their sons for "having fun" in college, but no fathers ever talk that way about their daughters.
  • Ed Byrne argues that slut-shaming men are self-defeating, as they cause women to feel bad about having sex and fear "getting a reputation," which causes men (including himself) to get turned down by those women.

    Comic Books 
  • Gender inverted. Oliver Queen, AKA The Green Arrow, is often insulted and bashed for cheating on Black Canary. The problem? He didn't exactly cheat on her, he was raped. Afterward, they did turn him into a regular womanizer in order to retroactively justify this.
  • Word of God confirms that the first Terra from Teen Titans was shown in a sexual relationship with villain Slade Wilson specifically to emphasize how evil she was by showing what a slut she was, despite there being no evidence that she ever slept with anyone else. Add to that the fact that she was 16 while Slade is significantly older, and it crosses into Questionable Consent territory since technically Slade is the one who's emotionally manipulating a 16-year-old girl. Later, Slade actually gets written as an Anti-Hero while Terra is the one who eventually dies.
  • Gender inverted. Nightwing is considered by some to be a slut and horribly promiscuous due to being portrayed as a womanizer by some writers. This leads to the same fans dismissing the scene in which he was raped by Tarantula, with the reasoning that he was a man and must have wanted sex from her, even though he clearly refused and begged her to stop. Years earlier, fellow Titan Mirage had committed rape-by-fraud by taking on Starfire's appearance, who at the time was Dick's girlfriend. When called on what she did, Mirage simply joked that Dick should've known something was off, and Pantha jokingly referred to Dick as a slut.
  • In the Silent Hill: Downpour comic "Anne's Story," the doll slut-shames Anne for having an affair. The doll actually represents Anne's feeling of guilt for having the affair, although the only reason she did was that she wanted Murphy transferred to her prison and the warden wanted her to have sex with him in return.
  • In Uncanny Avengers, the Scarlet Witch does this to Rogue, at one point calling Rogue one of her father's floozies. She brings up the relationship not in a way to necessarily shame Rogue for her "promiscuity" (especially since Rogue's powers make physical relationships difficult) but to remind her that she isn't exactly pure and noble herself, having a relationship with the X-Men's worst enemy.
  • In second series of Young Avengers avoids this in-universe - Kate Bishop dismisses the idea that going to bed with a guy on the first date makes her a slut - but faces it in real life - apparently the angry letter from issue #3, that was accusing both Kate and Noh-Varr of not being role models and saying having sex makes them "instantly unlikable" was actually one of the few printable letters and one of few not trying to put all the blame on her. Kieron Gillen addressed the thing on his Tumblr and made it clear that not only he disagrees with this line of thinking, but it personally offends him.
  • Runaways:
    • Nico has a dream where her parents berate her for being a "shameless whore" for "kissing" and "being with" multiple boys. Nico calls them out on the double standard, pointing out that her father probably dated women before her mother, and that she isn't going to listen to them. Given that Nico earlier expressed discomfort and shame over her tendency to use physical intimacy to cope with grief, the scene likely shows her overcoming her issues. Interestingly, Nico is the only one to think that way. No one else thinks badly of her for what she does.
    • In an arc where the group ends up in the 1800s, Victor falls in love with a lower-class girl named Lilli, who is very physically affectionate with him, by way of hugging, kissing, and being open about loving him. Nico later says of them, "She's a ho and you're a toaster. Let's just go." She later admits that she did want to let them be together because she knew they really were in love, and her line was probably because she had just recovered from being tortured by an ancestor.
  • In Sex Criminals, middle-school girl Suzie tries to get advice about sex from the group of 'dirty girls', but in a twist, she's the one who's ashamed to talk to them.
  • In Archie Comics, both Veronica and Cheryl Blossom have been criticized many times by other characters for dressing too provocatively, being too flirtatious or 'easy', and going out with too many boys. Usually, the story will cast the girls in a bad light for this (worse than for male casanovas like Archie) and often punish them at the end.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Pamela Smuthers verbally attacks Etta for supposedly "stealing" her boyfriend and being involved with too many boys at a college party. Etta is upset but doesn't feel she did anything wrong, especially since she turned down Pam's boyfriend and isn't interested in him.
  • Lois Lane (2019) deals with the aftermath of a picture of her and Superman kissing gets released. While Lois and Clark are walking down the street, he hears someone call her a “slut”. She tells him there’s nothing they can do about it and to just let it go. He’s upset that she’s the one catching the brunt of it to which she replies of course she’s getting the brunt of it, not him.
  • Loki in Valhalla gets into this against both Freya and Sif in Freya's Necklace and The Gifts for the Gods respectively, describing both of them as 'easy' to vilify them. The end of Freya's Necklace implies that this is psychological projection on Loki's part, as he assumes everyone is as crooked as he is and thus anyone who shows sexual interest towards anyone is only doing it to be manipulative and would do it to anyone.

    Comic Strips 
  • Tiffany from Luann tends to get this from Luann a lot; the go-to insult is some variation on "Tiffany is dating the entire football team." Interestingly enough, Tiffany has less sexual experience than Luann or any of her friends; she's never had a boyfriend or even properly kissed anyone (she gave one person a quick peck on the mouth and another a peck on the cheek, but that's it.) Doesn't stop Luann from constantly implying that Tiffany is the village bicycle though, even after Tiffany receives some Character Development and becomes friendlier with the main characters.

    Fan Works 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic The Stalking Zuko Series, Jet constantly puts down Jin and calls her a shameless hussy for flirting with Zuko. Although this is averted in the fic itself as it's supposed to emphasize Jet's irrationality and jealousy.
  • Trixie Belden fanfic, You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!, seems to exist for the sole purpose of Slut-Shaming Dot and rendering her deplorable due to her sexuality.
  • One of the most uncomfortable moments in Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness comes after Lavender is raped. Neville sits her down and tells her that he knows all the rumors about her sexuality are false, even if she is a flirt, because he knows she doesn't sleep around. The end result is that he sounds very, very much like he's saying she would deserve to be raped if she did sleep around.
  • In Christian Grey Vs Pepper Potts, Ana manages to stun Rogue by insisting that Christian Grey was completely innocent of any wrongdoing in his stalking and attempted rape of Pepper, and that Pepper must have been leading him on and trying to use his love of BDSM to smear his reputation.
  • Lacey French (Belle) in Freeze on the Stones suffers from this due to having a child out of wedlock (or so everyone thinks; her daughter was actually born in a happy marriage, but the Dark Curse changed everyone's memories). Her father kicks her out when she refuses to marry Tony Rose (Gaston) to save face. Later she moves in with Mr. Gold (her husband in the Fairy Tale world) as his live-in maid, and everyone starts to believe that she's actually his kept woman. Taken to Adult Fear-inducing levels when the horrible rumors about her and Gold lead Child Protective Services to try to take her daughter away on trumped up charges of neglect.
  • Beyond The Winding Road gives us a deconstruction for a backstory. Elaine Lyman ran away from her controlling parents at the age of eighteen and returned pregnant a year later with nowhere to go. Elaine was already a wild child, but this convinced those around her (particularly her rich and conservative parents) that she was unworthy of any real help for her situation besides giving her an apartment far away from them and hoping she'd eventually better herself. Instead of helping her, it led to Elaine being stripped of any confidence she had and considering herself an unworthy mother to her child. Her depression then led to alcohol abuse (and even to her possibly taking drugs), which increased her financial problems, which decreased her self-worth—making it a vicious cycle. By the present, Elaine is a psychological wreck whose daughter Edith has been forced to take care of both her mother and herself for years because Elaine is so depressed and sick she can barely get up in the morning, and Elaine's parents only make contact with their granddaughter once a month for a day trip, completely excluding their daughter altogether. Edith herself is ostracized from her peers and authority figures because of her mother's reputation.
  • Averted in Recoil: Ethical Slut Andrea Campbell is a fairly promiscuous girl-oriented bisexual. She's also in a relationship with otherwise-straight Taylor Snow (nee Hebert). However, the only person who has a problem with this is Taylor's Moral Guardian alt-grandmother, who is fervently anti-gay.
  • Played with in "Batteries", as Ryuuko is noted to be a stripper and a prostitute but, generally, the story treats her as a flawed but complex person with issues who resorted to those things to provide for herself. Likewise, the other characters see her someone as who needs help and really wants to help her, worrying about her well- being, and, like Satsuki, would like her to come home, while Nonon goes so far as to call her "the Hoe" in one chapter, to which she's called out on.
  • From what's implied in Foundling, Yukari was on the receiving end of this, as she used to be prostitute, considering that the word, "baita" translates to "whore". From what's implied, this is one of the reasons why she doesn't usually leave her house.
  • POP Culture: Cassie ended up mocked and shamed online after revealing to the public that her managers had enabled her drug addiction and routinely raped her for years. It ends up driving her to suicide.
  • Frozen Fractals:
    • After seeing Anna kiss Karl despite barely knowing him, a jealous Elsa gets angry and asks if Anna kissed Hans like that (or more). She apologizes for outburst later.
    • After he drops his nice facade, Karl displays this towards Anna. He comments on how she often accidentally leaves the door ajar while undressing and wonders how she can "pretend" to reject his advances.
  • Angela receives much of this in Her Scarlet Letter when she becomes pregnant with Chase's child from an affair. Her former friends bully and ostracize her for having a baby with a married man, while still being married to her estranged husband Jin as well.
  • Blind Courage: The king's advisors don't have any qualms with calling the princess a "whore" to her face after she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. They're predominantly upset because they had been trying to set up an Arranged Marriage for Zelda. Zelda ends up exiled, and her death faked, because she refuses to abort the baby.
  • Minx in UNDERTOW fears people shaming her if she comes out about an Attempted Rape. She worries others might claim that she "asked for it".
  • In Rip Her To Shreds, middle schoolers Gretchen and Regina judge their friend Karen for having broken up with three boyfriends over winter break.
  • Averted in Remnant Inferis: DOOM, as while the demons do subject the likes of Salem and Team RWBY to this (calling Salem the "Slut-Witch of Black" and Team RWBY the Slayer's "Heathen Whores" respectively), it's more of a reflection of their immense hatred for both and doesn't reflect any of the characters they're insulting.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Another Time, Another Place, the other locals regard Else, one of the farmer's servants, as the village bicycle for being caught in flagrante on one occasion.
  • Berlin Syndrome:
    • When his student Franka hits on him after noticing he'd been watching her during gym class, Andi rejects her and cruelly says it was only because she'd been "flaunting" herself. She'd really done no such thing, just exercising in her gym clothing like everyone else.
    • Later, when his coworker Jana is friendly to him at a party, he asks her if her husband approves of her throwing herself at men that way, leaving her confused and upset, and asking him to leave.
  • In Black Death, the protagonists scream "whore!" at the matriarch of an isolated village after she has them drugged and imprisoned (after they'd actually come to her village in the first place in order to hunt down and torture perceived witches). What makes it particularly hypocritical is that at no point during the film does she ever do anything that could be viewed as remotely "slutty" - even by the most exacting double standards. She never seduces anyone, she never takes her clothes off, she doesn't even flirt with anyone or show an inordinate amount of skin. Thanks to Deliberate Values Dissonance, "whore" is just the default choice for insulting a woman regardless of anything she says or does. It really was the gravest insult to any woman throughout the Middle Ages. In fact, unfounded slandering like that could be subject to legal prosecution (especially if it came from another woman).
  • In The Boondock Saints, after Rocco's little temper tantrum at the diner (in which he kills three guys working for his old bosses) he goes nuts and tells everyone to "pack their shit", and screams at his roommate and her friend when they interrupt him about the cat he killed. When the friend calls him out for screaming at the roommate, he points the gun at her and tells her to "Shut your fat ass, Rayvie! I can't buy a pack of smokes without running into nine guys you've fucked!" Grade A slut-shaming. Pointless, insulting, and meant to control.
  • Cracks: Di refuses to believe Miss G did anything wrong with Flamma at first. Rather, she accuses Flamma of being a slut who seduced Miss G. This leads to her and the other girls attacking Flamma.
  • Kat Dennings' character Caroline in Daydream Nation gets this. She comes back epically:
    Jenny: Ugh, slut.
    Caroline Wexler: What did you call me?
    Jenny: I think I just called you a slut, slut.
    Caroline Wexler: Why?
    Jenny: Because everyone knows that you've banged, like, forty different guys since you came here.
    Caroline Wexler: Really? Forty? Okay, let's just say that I have banged forty guys. What's the problem? You're just jealous because you've been brainwashed by puritanical assholes who think sex is a sin. But then again, your little gerbil-sized brain has been reprogrammed by the media to believe that sex is the be-all, end-all. So now you're stuck, right? 'Cause on the one hand you love to fuck, but afterwards, you feel overwhelmed by guilt and you're not sure why. Maybe it's because sex is neither as good or as evil as you've built it up to be.
  • Easy A: The film is built around this trope: the protagonist pretends to have had sex once, and when the whole school starts to slut-shame her for not being a virgin she decides to make the most of it.
  • Flower (2017): Erica gets into a Cat Fight with a popular girl at school who calls her a slut and makes fun of her dad in jail.
  • Iron Man: Pepper Potts use this as revenge in her first scene, when Tony's latest flame insults her position. Considering the fact that she slept with him just after she met him because he was a millionaire and she insulted Potts for not being a fling like her, this is understandable.
    Pepper: I have your clothes, freshly dry cleaned, and there is a car waiting out the front to take you anywhere you want.
    Everheart: You must be the famous Pepper Potts. After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
    Pepper: I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including, occasionally, taking out the trash. Will that be all?
    • This continues in Iron Man 2 with the same reporter moving in on Tony's competitor Justin Hammer. Pepper mentions the reporter's "spread" on Tony in the first film. Tony, of all people, gets in on it too, noticing the pattern, adding that "She also wrote an article."
  • In It: Chapter One, the young Beverly Marsh is So Beautiful, It's a Curse, getting unwanted attention and an undeserved reputation as a slut.
  • Losing Isaiah: Implied when the Lewins' lawyer notes that Khaila, as she'd been a prostitute to buy drugs, had slept with many men and thus has no idea who her son's birth father was.
  • In Lucky Bastard, single mom/porn star Ashley finds herself tied up and Alone with the Psycho; when he tauntingly asks what her kids will think when they find out what she does, she bravely retorts "They'll think I'm a mom... who loved her kids."
  • All the girls in The Magdalene Sisters are sent to the laundry because of this. Margaret was raped at a party, Rose and Crispina both had babies while unmarried, and Bernadette (although still a virgin) is pre-emptively judged a slut for her beauty and flirtation with boys.
  • M.F.A.: Lindsey, a victim of gang rape, was branded as a slut, with people claiming that she'd really engaged in consensual group sex with her rapists, and it's specifically noted many of those saying it were women, even some so-called friends. It was used to undermine her credibility while they were tried for raping her. All were acquitted, in part due to this.
  • Vivian in Pretty Woman escapes this from her main client, but civilized society views her as "trashy" and his friend clearly forgets that she's a person and not a sex object once he learns that she's a prostitute.
  • In The Squid and the Whale, Walt is rather judgmental about his girlfriend's sexuality. He angrily demands information, which he then judges her for, about giving her previous boyfriend a handjob. Later, he gets upset when she expresses interest in having sex with him because she's being too eager about it. It's very hypocritical on his part considering he's thinking about cheating on her with Lili, and all the authority figures in his life are telling him he should sleep around.
  • In Vlog, Carolina confronts Brooke in a cafe and calls her out about her numerous sexual encounters, and loudly calls her a slut several times.
  • All the characters in Written on the Wind look down on Marylee for her promiscuity.
  • The VVitch: Katherine calls Thomasin a slut and accusing her of trying to seduce her own father and brother. In reality, Thomasin has done no such thing, and if anything, her brother appears to be lusting after her (and genuinely feels guilty about it).
  • The Lover. Although no-one confronts her directly about her scandalous interracial affair, the Girl finds herself ostracised at school.
    The Girl: They say I'm a slut, who goes to the shady part of town to have her body fondled by a Chinaman.
    The Chinaman: It's nothing.
    The Girl: That's true, it's nothing.

  • There is a joke about a woman who complains to the doctor:
    Woman: After every date, I end up in bed. I can simply refuse no man, and afterwards, I feel like a slut and an idiot.
    Doctor: Very well, I'll give you some pills, and you'll have no problem refusing...
    Woman: No, doctor, not something to be able to refuse. Give me pills so I won't feel like a slut and an idiot.
  • More nastily, the book of insults and putdowns, Ouch by Dave Dutton has insults for men commenting variously upon ugliness, stupidity, arrogance, cruelty and so forth. All the lines aimed at women consist of either "she's a slut" or "she's frigid". Damned if you do, damned if you don't, ladies.
  • A crowd is about to stone an unfaithful woman to death when Jesus steps between them and says "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" The crowd is silent... and then the woman yelps as someone starts throwing rocks at her. Jesus sighs and says "Mom, I'm trying to work here!".

  • The Alice Network:
  • In A Brother's Price some aspects of this are played straight; there is gossip about a man who was caught with his wives' servant after the engagement and before the wedding, and promptly returned to his family, as "damaged goods". Apparently, he is still able to show his face in public, but it is a stain on his reputation, especially as there is no cure for STD. On the other hand, this trope is averted in that theoretical knowledge about sex is considered to make a man more desirable. The same applies to clothes - the codpiece is very much in fashion.
  • Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood: Dr. Jordan has an affair with his landlady, whose husband has functionally abandoned her and left her impoverished. Kingston society scorns her after this, even though she was on the verge of losing her house and only Dr. Jordan giving her money kept her fed.
  • The Scarlet Letter: As punishment for having a child out of wedlock, Hester Prynne had to wear the eponymous Scarlet Letter, 'A' for 'adultery'. Bear in mind, however, that the townsfolk also want to know who the father is so that he can share in the punishment, and so that Pearl can know who her father is, so at least there isn't the same kind of double-standard one often sees with this trope.
  • Robin Hobb deals with the subject realistically and without condemnation (from the author, plenty from the societies she creates).
    • The Realm of the Elderlings features restrictive roles for women and plenty of Slut-Shaming.
      • Molly has to go to great lengths to hide her relationship with Fitz and flee the castle once she gets pregnant, Fitz is killed in disgrace, and the coastal duchies nearly collapse during the war.
      • Fitz himself meets with a great deal of disapproval for his dalliance, but the consequences for him would never be as severe. Sure, he got killed a few times, but never for sex.
      • Conversely, his relationship with Starling never met with the same disapproval, because she's a minstrel, and the rules are different for minstrels.
      • Althea in the second series, in a more conservative climate, is routinely shamed for her activities, which include pursuing a man's career (sailing) and a man's sexual appetites (having any). Her niece, Malta, is portrayed as a man-eater in bud, which may be budding sexuality in a young woman or simple starvation for mental stimulation.
      • In the third trilogy, Fitz shames Starling a bit when, on learning of her marriage, he turns her out of his bed. He then shames his son for taking up with a young woman when he didn't have the ability to make an honest woman out of her and gets in a fight with the girl's father over the same. Fitz receives some shame himself when the world at large believes he's gaying it up with his foreign-born employer. The Fool himself also seems to disapprove of Fitz sleeping around with women he doesn't love, but not on moral grounds; his reasons are more complex and more specific to their relationship.
    • The Soldier Son: The eponymous son becomes, thanks to a disease, grotesquely obese, which warrants disgust from everyone he meets, and colors their opinion of any desire he might express. His father's disgust is deepened when he believes the boy caught the disease from a prostitute (false), and he flees town ahead of a mob for supposed necrophilia (also false).
  • The Aubrey-Maturin series plays the Double Standard for all its worth.
    • Aubrey has never learned to keep it in his pants and frequently gets into trouble at home and abroad, not least when a mixed race son by a favorite whore of his shows up later in the series and earlier when an unscrupulous woman blackmails him with the threat of showing up, pregnant, to his wife. When, in the first book, his dalliance with a superior officer's wife costs him a small fortune and an important promotion, others defend him because "It was her what set her cap for him! Everyone knows that!"
      • When Aubrey catches an STI in the first book, he's told by Maturin (acting as his physician) that "a lady of your acquaintance has been too liberal with her affections". Slut-Shaming and the Double Standard in one sentence.
    • Meanwhile Maturin ardently pursues a widow whose reputation is thoroughly blackened by "doing what a woman must to get by alone in this world". Otherwise, he was so chaste that his superiors in the intelligence community were for a time concerned that he might be susceptible to blackmail. For being gay.
  • Robert A. Heinlein loved My Girl Is a Slut and only made villains prudes. However, he frequently set his characters in a society similar to that he grew up in (early 20th century Midwestern America), which meant there was plenty of shaming going on, and his characters had to be devious to get away with doing what they wanted, and never felt bad for it.
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn has this in full effect. When a girl falls for a beautiful man's blandishments, she feels ashamed. When a young man she's been friends with forever finds out about it, he (still a virgin) is hurt and shames her, but eventually comes around.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Gender inverted. Matrim Cauthon Really Gets Around (though the text rarely implies that he does more than kiss women, and when he does he tends to be monogamous), for which shame is copiously heaped upon him, mostly by the women in his life. Notably, Elaine is disgusted with his ongoing sexual relationship with a Queen of the country they are visiting. When he finally tries to explain to Elaine that this is an abusive relationship in which he's regularly raped at knifepoint and he's powerless to get out of the situation, she laughs at him, saying she's getting a taste of his own medicine.
    • Berelain, one of, if not the, most beautiful women in the series, has accrued a reputation for having many lovers and being a seductress, to which some of the female characters react negatively. Perrin wonders if the devotion of her guards is possibly related to their hope of sharing her bed. Berelain later tells Perrin that, despite the rumours, she has actually only had sex with 3 people for non-political reasons. It can be assumed that her reputation and skills in seduction are another of her political tools as a very capable Queen of her very small and weak country, similar to her secret proficiency in martial arts.
  • Common in the works of Jane Austen:
    • In Pride and Prejudice, Lydia's fling with Wickham almost ruins her entire family's reputation. They are saved only when Darcy pays off Wickham to marry her. Georgiana Darcy narrowly escaped the same fate when Wickham wanted to elope with her in order to get his hands on her fortune.
      • However, Lydia, unlike most characters of her time, is breezily undisturbed by what her sisters regard as such a shameful disgrace.
    • Mansfield Park's Maria Rushworth is forever ostracized from polite society after leaving her husband to run away with Henry Crawford, who then refuses to marry her. She ends up having to leave the country.
    • Invoked in Sense and Sensibility when Elinor cautions Marianne about getting too close to Willoughby for the sake of her reputation. Willoughby is also revealed to have caused disgrace to Colonel Brandon's ward, with whom Willoughby had an affair and abandoned her when she became pregnant.
    • Generally, any female character considered to be too flirtatious, or who breaks off an engagement to chase another man, is subjected to this (Isabella Thorpe, Lucy Steele, Elizabeth Elliot, and others).
  • The Beautiful Slave Girls on Gor will use this to taunt and/or insult each other, at least when they're not taunting and/or insulting each other over how frigid the other is.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire plays with this trope; whores are a totally unremarkable fact of life for the lower levels of society, (and the only higher-ups concerned about this are considered religious fanatics by their peers) but the nobles can be a different matter; the shame attached to sex outside wedlock is totally dependent on who the people involved are, and whether it benefits their allies or enemies to go one way or the other.
    • Lord Tywin Lannister famously had his father's mistress stripped naked and paraded through the streets after his father died, but this is strongly implied to have been a case of putting the lowborn whore in her place (since she had gained considerable political power and wealth), rather than strictly because of moral objections to her being a whore. He frequently rebukes Tyrion for his use of whores, citing the shame he brings on his house, even though he is shown to (discreetly) use them himself, and may just object to Tyrion's flaunting his activities, rather than the activities themselves.
    • Cersei Lannister is forced to walk naked through King's Landing by the Church Militant as penance for her adultery, but this is only permitted by the nobles because the political situation makes this beneficial to various players (when Game of Thrones got to that part, featuring a repeated chant of "Shame!", viewers were quick to point out it counted as a literal Slut-Shaming).
    • In contrast, Oberyn Martell openly brings his "paramour" to court, and treats her very well, though it is stated that Dorne is generally more sexually liberal than the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys likewise has no moral qualms about having a paramour, and (while wary of the political consequences of someone openly talking about the affair) doesn't seem to mind that everyone knows about it.
    • This features heavily in the series' prequels, Archmaester Gyldayn's Histories. Princess Rhaenyra's detractors, the Greens, used her sexuality as a weapon against her. They claimed that her three eldest sons were bastards fathered by her supposed lover Harwin Strong, that her uncle would take her to Dragonstone to teach her about sex in private, and that she would turn the Red Keep into a brothel if given the chance. In the opening paragraphs of The Princess and the Queen, her stepmother and half-brothers never missed a chance to call her a whore. One account claims she tried to seduce Ser Cristian Cole and he was so disgusted by her that he became one of her worst enemies. Another account mentions rumors that she had threesomes with Laenor Velaryon and Qarl Correy. This could be a deconstruction of the trope, as these accusations were made with the intention of discrediting Rhaenyra as heir to the Iron Throne and have little proof to support them. Only the accusation that her sons were illegitimate has some basis in fact since they don't look anything like her or her husbandnote . Either way, it should be noted that while Gyldayn goes on and on about Rhaenyra's alleged promiscuity, he only makes a few brief mentions of her brothers' sex lives.
  • In Going Too Far by Catherine Alliott, the protagonist believes that she cheated on her husband while spending the weekend away with friends. It didn't happen. The guy drugged her and signed them both in at a hotel so he could use her as an alibi while he committed a burglary. Afterwards, she discovers she's pregnant. She is driven to despair, not only because her husband throws her out, but because of this trope she fears being rejected by her friends and family (who are largely sympathetic while acknowledging that her problems are her own fault) and struggles to tell her gynaecologist that she doesn't know who the father is. It's her husband's baby - the other man is infertile and didn't have sex with her anyway.
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles shames herself far more cruelly than most other people shame her.
    • Tess' own community knows her well, and it's implied tha they have seen this kind of thing happen before (and it was not uncommon for girls who went to work as servants). They are therefore quite understanding, and might have been even more kind if she hadn't become withdrawn from shame and emotional pain (which nobody seems to quite realize). It's only when she gets involved with the middle-class Angel Clare, who had been working on the land and congratulating himself on fitting in and shedding his bourgeois values, that this trope ruins her life.
  • In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Francie witnesses a girl named Joanna being harassed by a bunch of housewives because they believe she has no right to show her illegitimate child in public. They go so far as to throw stones at her, and the narrative explains that they only do this because they're bitter about their own loveless marriages.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Ron and the twins take a dim view of Ginny's boyfriends. Her brothers seem to be fine with Harry being her boyfriend, though.
    • Ron reacts poorly to finding out that Hermione had snogged Viktor Krum. In Ron's case, it seems to mostly be jealousy due to his own inexperience, and Ginny calls him out for this when he comes dangerously close to using the word.
    • Mrs. Weasley is mentioned as still calling overly flirtatious/promiscuous women "scarlet women" (Hermione finds the term silly, probably showing how Mrs. Weasley is still kind of old-fashioned in her choice of vocabulary) and is rather cold towards Hermione when Rita Skeeter paints her as playing with the affections of both Krum and Harry. However, given that she sees Harry as a surrogate son, her resentment of Hermione was really just disapproval over her seemingly manipulating and hurting Harry. Once Mrs. Weasley learns the truth, she clearly feels like a complete idiot and goes to great lengths to once again show kindness to Hermione.
  • The House of Night:
    • Aphrodite is constantly put down by the narrator, Zoey, for being a "slut", despite only being involved with two guys in the whole series, the second with whom the relationship is incredibly serious. This despite the fact that the main character has had several boyfriends (some at the same time) throughout the series. The plot also occasionally derails to talk about how bad blowjobs are.
    • At one point in the series, Zoey refers to a group of girls from her old high school as "hateful sluts". Since we never actually meet them, that's the only reason we really get as to why we're supposed to be angry at them hanging around Heath. Kayla is also lumped with the group, and earlier Zoey threatens to drink her blood for trying to date Heath after Zoey repeated said she wasn't interested in him anymore.
    • In the prequel novella Neferet's Curse, the night she became a vampire, Neferet was abandoned by her fiance because she was raped by her father and thus considered unclean by him.
    • In Hunted, the protagonists walk in on Stark drinking the blood of a vampire girl, clearly against her will. While Zoey doesn't view this as right, she goes on to argue that Stark can be a good person and kisses him to win him over, with the heavy implication that Nyx herself wanted her to do it. The vampire girl, meanwhile, is mocked by the characters for not being properly degraded by the experience, despite them all knowing that she (and the rest of the students on campus) are being brainwashed into loving Neferet and those who work for her.
  • In the Hush, Hush series, Marcie Miller is shamed for her alleged sexual exploits at every possible opportunity. When she goes out to a nightclub, Nora and Vee whisper about how her dress is so short, her thong can be seen from under it. At one point, Nora pointlessly brings up how Marcie is rumored to put a tennis racket in the window, so boys know when she's offering sexual favors. Even Marcie's own Slut-Shaming is turned on her when Nora tells how she spray painted the word "whore" on Nora's locker. Nora adds that Marcie ought to have done that to herself.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey:
    • Somewhat inverted. Christian talks of Ana's virginity as an "issue" or "an obstacle to be removed". Kate also mentions that she has been waiting for Ana to lose her virginity for 4 years (as if she had nothing better to do).
    • On the other hand, Ana herself tends to be uncomfortable with women having casual sex. At one point, she even worries that she's being a "kept woman" for Grey.
    • It's worth noting that while Ana considers a couple (Kate Kavanagh and Elliot Grey) kissing publicly to be altogether too public a display of affection, she herself gets penetrated digitally in a crowded elevator, screws in a car in full view of a major thoroughfare, a highway, and numerous businesses, and gives Grey a handjob at a large party while sitting at a table adjacent to his grandparents. None of these things are considered remotely inappropriate, even in view of Grey's insistence that Ana must always behave discreetly and properly in public.
  • In Doctrine of Labyrinths, both women and gay men receive this treatment: Mehitabel gets fired from her position as governess and later ordered by a spy "go trawling" among her lovers for information, while Thaddeus claims that Felix will "believe anything a man tells you when he's buried in your ass." Malkar even calls Felix a "slut" and a "cheap whore"... right after raping him.
  • At one point, Honor Harrington is maligned by her socially and religious conservative enemies on Grayson for having had a romantic relationship before marriage with her murdered boyfriend, Paul Tankersley. Being from a much more liberal culture, and having a mother who keeps insisting Honor needs to get laid more often, the criticism doesn't bother her personally.
  • In Sweet Valley High, Annie Whitman is called "Easy" Annie at school and has a "reputation" that the cheerleading squad thinks will make them look bad if they let her join. After Jessica and her friends spend the book bullying Annie to try to force her off the team, she tries to kill herself and they learn the moral that Slut-Shaming is bad. Jessica herself suffers this from her sister Elizabeth, who constantly chastises her for having many boyfriends (hypocritically forgetting that she herself often cheats on her own boyfriends).
    • An especially cruel example appears in the book Nowhere To Run, when a character's Wicked Stepmother comes home to find her practicing the drums with her bandmate. Despite the fact that they are doing nothing improper, the woman screams at her that she's turning into a tramp like her Missing Mom.
  • Rose suffers from this in Vampire Academy, when both Jesse Zeklos and Ralf Sarcozy claim to have had sex with her and were allowed to drink her blood.
  • Lords of the Underworld: Because of her mother's justified reputation for promiscuity, Anya was bullied and sexually assaulted by both genders. In a futile attempt to stop the mocking, she dressed conservatively and rarely asserted herself socially. (She eventually realized that if people were going to bully her regardless of what she did, she might as well dress and act however she liked.)
  • Victor Hugo's Les Misérables presents the tragically ironic tale of Fantine, who became pregnant following a summer fling. When this news reached the town of Montreuil sur Mer, the Slut-Shaming she faced, barred her from legitimate work, forcing her to prostitute herself to survive and provide for her daughter, increasing the Slut-Shaming that she faced. The man who impregnated her, naturally, suffered the horrible, terrible fate of becoming a rich and well respected Parisian lawyer.
  • In the Parthelon series, by PC Cast, Rhiannon is subjected to this almost from the first instant she's brought up in the narrative. All of the characters view her as spoiled and a bad person overall for sleeping around with multiple partners and refusing to be monogamous for even a year. While she is revealed to have done genuinely amoral things, Shannon tends to forget about those in order to make mean-spirited jokes about what a slut Rhiannon is. It becomes considerably more unsettling when the second book reveals that this behavior stems from her first sexual encounter being rape and it being hinted in a flashback that Rhiannon still being a virgin was the reason she acted reserved when faced with a handsome naked man.
  • In The Secret Life of Bees Lily's dad won't let her wear skirts that are above the knees. He says he doesn't want Lily to end up pregnant like another girl her age who wears short skirts did, though Lily thinks it's a coincidence that she ended up pregnant.
  • Affects most of the female characters in The Golem and the Jinni. Anna has to hide her premarital pregnancy. Sophia has to hide her fling with the jinni, and her engagement is eventually broken because of the rumors. The golem marries a human who doesn't know what she is, and when they engage in "marital duties", it's all good for him...but the one time it starts stimulating her in a pleasurable way and she moves to pursue that, he thinks it's "immodest" and unbecoming of a wife. Because she can sense his desires, she shuts the feeling down.
  • In Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), it's portrayed in horrid, but realistic, detail.
    • Blaze joins her friends and all the other characters in ridiculing and Slut-Shaming Catherine Wiggan{s}, a large breasted girl known for her sexual exploits. She's not a slut. The rumours were started by the jealous girlfriend of a boy she attracted.
    • Blaze later slut-shames Mark by giving him the name, Mark the Shark and writes a comic warning young girls not to date him. In retaliation, he posts a picture of her online, wearing lingerie in a flirtatious pose. Upon seeing it, the entire town slut-shame her.
    • Later, a topless photo of Blaze gets released onto the internet and she has to endure her own gauntlet.
  • In Seeds of Yesterday, the final book in the V. C. Andrews Dollanganger Series, this frequently happens to Cindy (the youngest and adopted child of Catherine, the protagonist) at the hands of her older brother Bart—to the point of nearly constant verbal, emotional, and occasional physical abuse—and her mother. What's especially bad about this is that while Cindy is promiscuous, she isn't related to, cheating on, nor cheating with any of the boys she sleeps with, unlike those condemning her; Cathy has been involved in Brother–Sister Incest for years, while Bart is currently having an affair with his brother's wife (and she isn't the first married woman with whom he's dallied).
  • Alexis Carew: Due to the patriarchal culture of New London's Fringe, the male crews on both military and merchant ships frequently brag about their sexual exploits on shore leave, whereas women have to be more furtive and discreet if they choose to visit dockside brothels or otherwise seek sexual companionship. Alexis herself uses a male prostitute a couple of times in the second book, but only as a shoulder to cry on due to her isolation aboard ship.note  She eventually has her first time in the third book with her Love Interest Lieutenant Delaine Thiebaud.
  • Ravensong: Polly is assumed to have had sex with Herb and is Driven to Suicide by the Slut-Shaming she endures.
  • In Corpies, Bubble Bubble is trademarked as a wholesome good girl, wearing modest dresses and generally acting nice in public. Then she's hit by a scandal. Apparently, years ago, she slept with a movie director, who later turns out to have been already in a relationship with a famous movie star. When the truth comes out, the director blames Bubble Bubble for "seducing" him, possibly using a secret Super ability (despite the fact that her abilities are well-documented). Her reputation destroyed, she nearly gives up, but Titan convinces his agent Lenny to take her on, and Lenny tells that the best (and fun) option she has is to rebrand herself and own what she really did (i.e. have consensual sex with a man, who lied to her about being single). She goes on a talk show, dressed in more normal clothing (halfway between "prudey" and "slutty"), where the host immediately pounces on her for the sex. She counters by point out that, yes, she had sex with a man she thought was single, but that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. When the shocked host tries to recover and bring up her being a role model, she keeps pressing him and insisting that the Double Standard on sexually-active women needs to go away. While some conservatives still grumble about her behavior, the majority accept her new "brand", resulting in the director once against being the subject of the scandal.
  • Elphaba's mother Melena from Wicked gets a good amount of this from her childhood nanny after she ends up pregnant with Elphaba. Elphaba is not her father's biological daughter, instead being the child of Elphaba and the future Wizard after he drugged Melena and raped her unconscious body. Melena's lack of a memory of her impregnation only provokes Nanny more. The fact Melena slept around often in her youth is also a source of Nanny's complaints.
  • In Dragonlance, Laurana gets subjected to this by her father and brother the first time she sees them again after running off to go adventuring with her love interest Tanis Half-Elven and his mostly human traveling party, and they basically accuse her of whoring around with them. She's so shocked by this that she faints on the spot.
  • In Sorcerer To The Crown, Prunella is mistaken for a prostitute simply because she travels with Zacharias (even though she is accompanied by a female servant specifically to prevent damage to her reputation), and is not even given food in the inn they stay at. When a servant questions this mistreatment, she is told by the innkeeper that a decent woman would rather have died than allowing herself to sink so low.
  • Guardians of the Flame: Karl finds his character's personality coming out with this attitude, dismissing Doria's initial reluctance to have sex with a man in return for passage on his ship by saying she's already been with a lot of men, thus what's one more? She naturally slaps him. Karl apologizes to her over it later.
  • In Victoria, this is the Confederation's hat, since they are extreme social conservatives who believe in strict traditional morals. Their leaders relish the destruction of "the sluttiness that had overflowed the late United States," and strive instead to restore something like the social values of Colonial America (complete with witch-burnings), so it is little surprise that they believe all sexuality belongs in the marriage and nowhere else.
  • Laura from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. is an eleven-year-old Huge Schoolgirl who hit puberty a few years before her peers. As a result of her precocious looks, some of her classmates are jealous of her and made up rumors about her going behind buildings with older boys. When Margaret parrots these rumors at Nancy she snaps, which causes Margaret to regret saying it because she now realizes the rumors were fake.
  • Petra suffers this in Caliphate. Being a woman is horrible in the titular fundamentalist state, but being a Christian woman is even worse since they are second-class citizens stripped of any rights and their women are naturally viewed as whores. She gets raped by her master's son and his friends, who accuse her of leading them on and the sharia court agrees that is her fault too. Though her rapists get flogged, she is sold off into slavery, turned into a prostitute and gets abused even more by the customers as a result.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: Han calls Bria a lowest-level streetwalker in Rodian when he's mad at her, based on her past (fake) relationship with a Moff. She's so appalled at this that Bria's driven to tears and nearly draws down on him. Note too that she wasn't actually promiscuous at all-the accusation was enough.
  • In American Fuji, American expat Gaby Staunton keeps Alex Thorn at arm's length for fear that her Japanese neighbors and co-workers will assume that she's sleeping with him. Her fears aren't entirely irrational; she later learns that her mysterious firing from Shizuoka University was due to Lester and Marubatsu concocting rumors that she had an affair, which was enough to get her fired.
  • This is done in kid-friendly terms in Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria. One of the signs that Bait was a Deceptive Disciple to Cicero was when he accused Caffeina of being a "tramp".
  • A recurring theme in both One Of Us Is Lying novels, unsurprising given that the plots revolve around having secrets exposed.
    • Addy gets this treatment and loses all her friends when it is revealed that she cheated on her boyfriend.
    • Leah had her life ruined with this in the backstory, resulting in her Attempted Suicide.
    • In the sequel, Phoebe gets this when the Truth or Dare game reveals that she slept with her sister's ex. This was set up deliberately by the person running the game to make sure people take the Dare.
  • This trope's subverted in The Hedonism Handbook by Michael Flocker. The term "slut" is listed as one of the "Ten Insulting Terms That Are Actually Quite Flattering" explaining:
    Why? It means you are sexually irresistible.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Quantum Leap: The 1991 episode "Raped," where Sam leaps into the body of a young woman, Katie McBain, who was raped by her boyfriend, the town's football hero Kevin Wentworth. Katie is already being slut-shamed and getting even darker threats as her assailant is ready to stand trial, and things get worse when he is completely acquitted. (In the original timeline, Katie is so shamed she leaves town and never returns, not even to attend her father's funeral, knowing that people will remember her for "unjustly" accusing a "wholesome young boy" for rape.) Sam, however, more than avenges Katie's ordeal when Kevin comes to the McBain house one night and tries to get at her one last time... and while it may not completely erase Katie's unwanted reputation, it will ensure that Kevin's other victims — Word of God says he had several — will now have the courage to come forward and take a stand against date rape.
  • Step by Step: In "It Didn't Happen One Night," Al nearly gets this reputation when a boy who took her out suggests that they had sex, and then she gets several date offers - all while a jealous Karen (Al's stepsister) hasn't had any boys ask her out and she doesn't understand why. Just before things fully reach this trope, however, Karen decides to defuse the situation by calling Al's date out and clearing up what really happened... and in the process, empowers several of his other previous dates to speak up and expose the boy as a smooth-talking fraud.
  • A Downplayed and more realistic example on Selfie, co-workers are gossiping about scantily-clad Eliza, who is seen flirting with another coworker. They criticize her revealing clothes, and one suggests she sleeps around to avoid being reprimanded by HR, and to increase her sales (she is the company's top-seller, which even she admits is based on sex appeal). Henry informs her she has to consider how she's perceived by other people, thinking they might get the wrong idea that she's sleeping with the guy she was flirting with. Eliza informs him she is sleeping with him, and has been for two and a half weeks. Henry is shocked by the short time-frame, and Eliza tells him not to get all "Slut-Shamey" on her.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy doesn't have too many partners in her seven years on television — four, to be exact. Still, the show has a strong tendency to punish her for having sex, although the other characters really don't.
      • After Buffy sleeps with Angel, he loses his soul and turns back into the demonic Angelus, playing the Hellmouth version of "I've slept with my boyfriend and now he's acting different". Punished by the show, nothing but love from her family.
        Buffy: [crying] You must be so disappointed in me.
        Giles: No, no I'm not.
        Buffy: This is all my fault.
        Giles: No, I don't believe it is. Do you want me to wag my finger at you and tell you that you acted rashly? You did, and I can. I know that you loved him. And he... has proven more than once that he loved you. You couldn't have known what would happen. The coming months are going to be hard... I suspect on all of us. But... if it's guilt you're looking for, Buffy, I'm not your man. All you will get from me is my support... and my respect.
      • After she sleeps with Parker, the situation is played quite a bit more normally, with him just not calling her afterward, and she got a lot of Slut-Shaming from Spike, who was happy to taunt her for youthful naiveté. And try to kill her.
      • After she sleeps with Spike, Buffy really hates herself (she had a lot going on, and he was just the cherry on the shitstorm sundae). At one point she cries in Tara's lap, begging not to be forgiven. Spike thoroughly humiliates her. Of course, he is a soulless, "evil" vampire. Yet even he tires of the casual sex before long, considering it to be more base than loving sex, and turns Buffy out unless she agrees to make love properly. Wow.
    • The season 2 episode "Go Fish" tackled Slut-Shaming in a way that was ahead of its time in many ways. The principal, swim coach and swimmers all accuse Buffy of wearing provocative clothing that is tempting the guys in school. When facing possible gang rape by fish monsters, she makes a comment about what that will do to her damaged reputation in school.
    • Xander is always punished for having or wanting to have sex, by the discovery that his partners are evil or amoral demons, mummies, giant bugs... Even Anya, his long-term love interest, is arguably a form of this. Ironically, Xander is not one to shy away from making Slut-Shaming comments towards others, especially in the first three seasons, where Cordelia gets the brunt of them during their frequent sniping at one another.
    • Playing fast and loose with men is one of the reasons Faith is treated as evil, bad and just plain wrong. Part of her step over the Moral Event Horizon is establishing she is not an Ethical Slut, but rather somebody who uses other people for sex and discards them without regard for their feelings (or life in Xander's case). In her introduction scene, the first name she is referred to (by Cordelia) is Slut-orama.
    • In the season 8 comics, Dawn's ex-boyfriend Kenny (a thricewise) put a curse on her when he found out she cheated on him with his roommate.
  • Similar to Buffy, Angel punished Cordelia for one-night stands (with two mystical pregnancies, no less). However, characters tended to be more concerned with whether or not someone was having sex with Angel and unleashing his evil alter-ego.
    • In one of the cases, Cordelia suffers a Heroic BSoD over waking up magically pregnant and numbly says that she's "being punished". Wesley insists that she isn't. He and Angel direct their anger over what happened to Cordelia and several other women towards the human men who knowingly made a deal with a demon to knock up unsuspecting women with said demon's spawn.
  • Elsewhere in the Whedonverse, in the episode "Shindig" of Firefly, a gentleman named Murphy gallantly comes to Kaylee's defense when the latter is being snarked at by some rich women... by insulting the ringleader for her "easiness":
    Murphy: Why, Banning Miller! What a vision you are in your fine dress. It must have taken a dozen slaves a dozen days to get you into that getup. 'Course, your daddy tells me it takes the space of a schoolboy's wink to get you out of it again.
    • In the same episode, this is basically the reason that Mal ended up in an Honor Duel with Atherton Wing after he punched the man for dismissing Inara as a whore; Mal may dismiss Inara's career himself, but he draws a distinction as he only shows disrespect to Inara's profession where Atherton's words showed disrespect to Inara herself.
  • As the most active member of the team, the eponymous Castle is the only one who really could be shamed, and his partner, Kate Beckett, is usually happy to do so. She's also more than willing to shame any suspects of the week she disapproves of.
  • Chuck's Sarah Walker frequently uses her body to get information, get past guards, and so on. This makes Chuck (entirely smitten) jealous and uncomfortable, and he occasionally attacks her for it. The one episode where Chuck is the one who is required to seduce a female arms dealer, they have to bring in an experienced spy to train him (Casey can't because he actually failed that part of his training). Meanwhile, Sarah's main concern is that he doesn't get himself killed rather than this trope.
  • Community:
    • Inverted by Annie Edison. During the school's sexuality fair, it's revealed she's never seen a penis and everyone tries their best to make her comfortable about the word and the object, but she's proud to be uncomfortable about, thank you!
    • It's also gender-inverted by Jeff and Britta. Both of them are shown to be quite promiscuous, but Jeff is more shamed for this than Britta. note  Britta is sometimes judged by the extremely Christian Shirley and extremely sexist Pierce, but the rest of the study group are non-judgemental about it.
    • In season 3, Pierce and Shirley use Britta's "free spirit" as part of a Batman Gambit to get the humanized Subway out of their school. They subtly tell Britta to fuck Subway every which way because she is a "liberal-minded person" and comment constantly on her promiscuity.
    • Furthermore there is a Running Gag in season 3 where Pierce continuously implies Britta is a prostitute.
  • Doc Martin: After the surprise pregnancy, both Ellingham and Louisa get some guff. He for not doing the right thing and marrying her, her for having had sex and being Defiled Forever. Her pregnancy cost her a job in London, and the town pharmacist is snippy about it due to her own crush on Ellingham.
  • The first season of Dollhouse gives us the anonymous client "Miss Lonelyheart", an octogenarian who frequently contracts the use of the doll Victor, and who is mocked by the staff of the house for it. It turns out the octogenarian is a decoy and the real client is Adele.
  • Downton Abbey:
    • The first season shows a young lady of the upper class having a disastrous one-night stand (he dies in the act). Her mother is shocked and disgusted, and her reputation suffers immeasurably when the rumor spreads to London. Everyone involved, including the young woman herself, treats it as though she had willingly seduced the man, although from the point of view of a modern audience she offered only Questionable Consent at best and was sexually assaulted at worst. Subverted when she finally tells Matthew. While he's shaken at first, he tells her he doesn't forgive her, because he doesn't believe she did anything wrong.
    • Its second season gives us Ethel, a new maid brought in during the war, as Downton is converted into an adjunct of the hospital to help with injured, convalescing veterans. Ethel loves a man in uniform, literally. She's caught in the act by the head housemaid, and is sacked without notice and without references. When she winds up pregnant, the same head is sympathetic, and still helps as much as she can, even trying to shame the officer who got her pregnant (and who rebuffs the attempt).
    • In the fourth season, Edith fears this happening to her if she keeps her illegitimate baby (which was conceived with a man she loves and would be married to, if not for a legal issue he was in the process off working out when he disappeared). Her aunt tries to talk her out of an abortion on the grounds that Edith seems unable to cope with it and that it would be potentially dangerous to her health. In the end, Edith keeps the baby, but decides to have it secretly raised by a worker on the estate, who owes the family a favor.
    • Mary spends a weekend with a suitor in a hotel and now has second thoughts about accepting his marriage proposal. Her grandmother shames her, pointing out that such behavior is unacceptable for a young woman of her status. Except, Mary is a widow, and widows have always had far greater leeway than unmarried young women, as long as they were discreet.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Over the course of the season, Worf had been struggling with the death of his wife Jadzia Dax, moreso after the Dax symbiont is passed on to Ezri. In "Penumbra," when Ezri and Worf find themselves stranded on a distant planet following a poorly thought out rescue plan driven by lingering feelings of affection for Worf, the two get into a bitter spat when Ezri lets slip that Jadzia had been with other men before him. Worf, who has some very conservative ideas about romantic relationships, takes it poorly and calls Ezri (and by proxy, Jadzia) a "sli'vak", the Klingonese word for "slut".
  • The pilot to Friends gives us Monica sleeping with a man on the first date. The show didn't make too much hay of it, but the executives were worried the public would blame her, so the producers polled the live audience. However, Phoebe wasn't made to feel bad for her sexual activity. Joey was given was only given a hard time for his rampant womanizing when he mistreated women.
  • Horatio Hornblower: Katherine Cobham (posing as Duchess of Wharfedale as a guest in Spanish prison) sleeps with a French soldier who recognized her, pulling off a Honey Trap — she does it to save herself and Hornblower from espionage charges and the Admiralty's dispatches that she's hiding. On the next day, Hornblower is considerably colder to her and perhaps a tad jealous. She makes it clear that she doesn't like being treated this way, but she herself feels the shame in the situation.
    "Your lack of civility does you no credit, sir. (...) I did what was necessary to preserve my alias. So I sacrificed some small insignificant things — such as my pride and my self-respect."
  • How I Met Your Mother plays this straight, inverts it, and averts it.
    • Barney is a serial-user man-whore, and his friends tend to treat him as weird more often than heroic. When Barney reveals he has slept with 200 women, they're all disgusted by it.
      Ted: You should be proud. You should be tested, but you should be proud.
    • Lily is Marshall's My Girl Is a Slut, with the pair of them having an incredibly active sex life, but Marshall makes a huge fuss about the possibility that he wasn't the one to take her virginity. At the same time, part of his problem was that he gave her his, and the revelation that they might not have lost it to each other "rewrites their history."
    • Ted's generally after true love and not one-night stands. When he does have one-night stands, the response is varied, from treating it as a trivial detail ("The Pineapple Incident"), to heroic ("The Third Wheel"), to despicable ("No Tomorrow").
    • Robin has fewer conquests than Ted, but she's had a one night stand with Mitch, inventor of The Naked Man!. After the gang spends a few minutes admiring Mitch's ingenuity, Marshall says, "I call slut!" Robin spends the majority of the episode trying to justify what she did so she doesn't feel bad, but Marshall ends up taking back the slut comment after Lily successfully uses the Naked Woman on him, showing that he's Not So Above It All.
    • The various women that sleep with Barney are usually referred to by other characters as sluts, skanks, hoes etc. The episode "Say Cheese" similarly has Lily making a game of naming Ted's "random skanks" that he keeps bringing to important events, not realizing the irony that all the girls have in common is having dated Ted.
  • Law & Order and its spin-offs provide a realistic treatment. One of the problems the prosecutors often face is that while they're trying the defendant, the defense is trying the victim. Once a victim is shown to have had sex with more than one person, it becomes a concern that the jury will assume she deserved murder or rape. However, the show portrays the female targets of slut-shaming as innocent victims of unwarranted harassment. Promiscuous men, on the other hand, are treated as though they must be guilty of something by detectives (especially Benson and Stabler). Even when they don't turn out to be guilty of a crime, promiscuous men are never portrayed positively.
  • Mad Men, thanks to Values Dissonance, has the Double Standard in full effect. The men are free to romp, so long as they're discreet, and other men don't particularly care, but if a woman steps toe over the line, she's torn apart. Peggy Olson gets it particularly bad from her family and her priest for having a baby out of wedlock.
  • Scrubs tended to treat characters badly if they had sex outside of a committed relationship. Men were ostensibly excused if it had been long enough, but they were portrayed (and treated) as somewhat pathetic.
    • Played with in a first season episode where Elliot has a one-night stand with a surgeon who turns out to be a jerk, telling everyone the juicy details and bragging about his conquest. At first she's mortified (and feels betrayed because Turk joins in with a few comments about how nice her butt is), but she ends up deciding that she likes at least being known around the hospital where she was previously invisible to everybody (plus it's so far off from her actual personality that it doesn't bother or shame her much).
    Elliot: (proudly) "I'm Elliot Reed... SLUT!"
    • Often played with from J.D. When catching up with a college friend, he proudly brags about having had sex with a girl "on a pile of coats with dozens of people watching. What a whore!" Or when Jordan tells J.D. and Kim about her abortion:
      Jordan: It was when I was working as a waitress on Nantucket. I was dating this guy named Kevin. He had the most beautiful blue eyes; they were either sky blue, or powder blue, I could never decide which. Anyway, his best friend knocked me up. [Beat] Don't look at me like that; it was my first time.
      J.D.: Oh, we're not judging. [thinking: Whore!]
    • Denise in the eighth season starts sleeping with Derek and calls herself a ho-bag. Ultimately subverted, as Elliot tries to reassure her.
      Denise: I don't know why I keep jumping into bed with him. My confidence is shot from screwing up that spinal tap last week, and then yesterday I misdiagnosed an ectopic pregnancy. I don't know, maybe I wanted to do something I knew I could do right, like bangin' a dude. I'm a giant ho-bag.
      Elliot: No, no you are not. So, is Derek a good guy?
      Denise: Derek? I thought it was Erik.
  • The Midsomer Murders episode "A Sacred Trust" involves some romantic liaisons, including one girl shamed for her involvement with a jock.
  • In the first season of Battlestar Galactica (2003), after having a one-night stand with Gaius Baltar, Starbuck gets thoroughly shamed by Apollo. The subtext makes it clear that it's because he's totally in love with her, but it takes the form of attacking her for promiscuity.
  • Lost in Austen: Darcy shames Amanda when he discovers she's previously lived with another man (although he is not aware that she's from the 21st century), emphatically stating that he cannot marry a woman who is "not a maid". Lydia elopes with Bingley rather than Wickham (see Literature below for Pride and Prejudice), but they avoid scandal when they admit nothing sexual happened between them. Jane ultimately annuls her marriage to Collins so she can be with Bingley, but her reputation is so damaged that they move to America. Wickham and the Darcys agree to pretend that Wickham raped Georgiana so she will be saved the shame from having made advances towards him.
  • In Charite, playing in late 19th century Germany, young theatre actress Hedwig Freiberg has to go through this after her affair with the renowned Robert Koch, a married man thirty years her senior, becomes public knowledge. She's booed on stage and loses her job because "[her] loose morals aren't acceptable". She gets better: Koch divorces his wife and marries her instead.
  • Cougar Town loves to take the piss out of Lorie for being kinda slutty. The show really, really loves to give Grayson shit. In the third season, Lorie and Ellie get in argument over who's sexier and have to settle it by finding someone they've both slept with. Travis goes through their lists (multiple pages each), finds one person they've both slept with, then calls them both ho's.
  • Glee: Gender inverted Sue shames Will for his interest in Emma while still technically married to his wife.
    • In the episode "Bad Reputation," Emma calls Will out for making out with Shelby and letting April sleep over. "You're a slut Will, you're a slut you're a slut..."
    • While practicing for their duet, Brittany carries Artie to her bed and divests him of his virginity. He breaks up with her the next day because it was less important to her than to him; he thought she was just using him for his voice (to win a competition) and that sex was part of that.
  • On Once Upon a Time, after David and Mary Margaret's affair is revealed to Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is shunned for a couple episodes. She gets the worst of it from Regina, who has a vested interest in making Mary Margaret miserable.
  • Bones:
    • Ordinarily, Bones is quite sex-positive. However, in the first episode of the fourth season, when a victim's father described her as a very good girl, Bones said "Not all the time" and showed him a tabloid rag with his daughter (a wealthy heiress) topless on the front page.
    • A few episodes later, she's dating two men at once, one with a purely physical connection, the other purely mental. Booth spends a significant amount of time attacking her for it. However, the show itself only calls her out on the fact that she was deliberately hiding the other relationship from each man. Then they accidentally run into each other at a restaurant and each man is hurt, the one for Bones thinking he's a beautiful idiot, the other for the exact opposite reason.
  • In The Golden Girls, Blanche Devereaux is an Ethical Slut whose reputation as a man-chaser precedes her. This results in an enormous amount of snark from her roommates, especially the elderly Sophia, but most are good natured and not meant in malice. Blanche is actually very proud of her promiscuity and holds herself to the standard that she will never be a mistress and always practices safe sex.
    • In the early episode "The Triangle", Dorothy's boyfriend makes a pass at Blanche, but Dorothy refuses to believe her because she thinks that Blanche is jealous of their relationship and calls her a slut. This also happens when Dorothy thinks Blanche is sleeping with Stan (Dorothy's ex-husband) and doesn't believe Blanche when she says that she isn't.
    • When Rose's daughter, Bridget has a one-night stand with Dorothy's son, Michael, Dorothy initially directs her anger and embarrassment at her son. Eventually, she turns the blame onto Bridget for the incident. Rose doesn't react much better, bemoaning that her daughter's first time was a meaningless fling and then shutting down further when told that it wasn't Bridget's first time at all. With great effort, all parties come to terms with the fact that these are two mature adults who consented to have sex together.
    • When Blanche is photographed leaving a political candidate's home late at night, her friends refuse to believe that all they did was talk, especially when the politician declares he had an affair with Blanche at a press conference. They finally believe her when the guy admitted he lied, and that he's a post-op transsexual.
  • A first season episode of Psych has Shawn and Gus acting as legal consultants to a murder trial, for the defense. As the defendant had sex with the victim the night of the murder, the prosecution and media attack her for that. As he slept around a lotnote , the defense ends up attacking him for that.
  • One episode of Have I Got News for You had Guest Host Alexander Armstrong call an MP "a bit of a shagger" and a Femme Fatale Russian spy "a bit of a slag". The rest of the panel was quick to call him out on this.
  • In the "A Study in Pink" episode of Sherlock, Holmes uses his Sherlock Scan to humiliate Donovan and Anderson by blatantly stating that they were sleeping with each other. In this case, the fact that Anderson was married was the main source of shame.
  • Boy Meets World: Gender inverted. A girl goes out with Shawn and spends the entire evening making out with him before blowing off his offer of a second date. The next day, she goes out with Cory and doesn't kiss him once, but asks to see him again, as she wants to take things slow and be serious. When Shawn questions her on this, she bluntly tells him that she might actually consider Cory as a potential boyfriend because he's a "nice boy", whereas Shawn is only good for casual fun and only gets dates from so many girls because he's good-looking and has a reputation for being easy.
  • In the second season of Scandal, Pope's team are investigating a missing girl and as soon as it becomes clear that she was the anonymous blogger outing the sexual prowess (or lack thereof) of various members of the DC power elite, one declares, "Oh boy; let the Slut-Shaming begin." As far as some news outlets are concerned, this isn't a missing girl, but a missing whore.
  • This is what most of the jokes about Laurie Foreman boil down to on That '70s Show. If she acts mean or nasty to her brother Eric or anyone else, they'll retort with a joke about how's she a whore. Because apparently her nastiness and her tendencies to sleep around are one and the same.
    • It wasn't just Laurie. Even though it was a show about teenagers in the swingin' Seventies most of the cast would make fun of their classmates for their alleged promiscuity. While it made sense coming from shallow vindictive Jerkass Jackie, it was hypocritical coming from self-proclaimed feminist Donna, or blatant anti-establishment Hyde, or Eric who was too much of a loser to judge anyone.
  • The George Lopez Show: Carmen gets this after a boy tells everyone he had sex with her. The bullying (from the girls) and sexual harassment (from the guys) gets so bad that her parents have to pull her out and enroll her in a private school.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • After Derek hears about Meredith having slept with George and dating Finn, he tells her she should hook up with Alex since he also likes to sleep around. Her response? She delivers her "You Don't Get To Call Me a Whore" speech.
    • A patient who hears about Derek's affair with Meredith starts acting like a jerk to her. Derek's wife Addison tells her to stop and that Meredith didn't do anything wrong.
    • Izzie also gets this when Alex finds out that she used to be a lingerie model. Izzie refuses to feel ashamed about it, saying it helped get her through med school and she was the only intern there who wasn't in financial debt because of it.
    • Alex sleeping with his interns and having only one night stands in season 9 is treated as proof that he hasn't grown up since everyone else is settling down.
    • April does this to herself in season 9. After losing her virginity before marriage, she feels extremely guilty and like she's a bad person, even though everyone else tells her that's not the case.
      • Of course, the real reason for her guilt is because she enjoyed it so much.
      • Later, she meets a nice EMT, who tells her that he's saving himself for marriage. She lies that she's also a virgin. Later, she admits the truth, when she finds out that he doesn't care if she's a virgin, only for him to leave because she lied to him.
    • Early on, after Sloan has been there for a while, Dr. Bailey gathers him and all of the female doctors and nurses, points to Sloan, and says, "This man is a whore!" She then explains why the women shouldn't expect more from him than they're getting. (Imagine that one gender-swapped.)
  • Surprisingly, given that the show's main character is a succubus, Lost Girl didn't deal with any Slut-Shaming, meta- or in the show, until near the end of the first season, when the monster of the week was one that fed off sexual shame and drove its victims to suicide after covering their homes with graffiti like "SLUT", "DIRTY WHORE", and "SKANK". This bad guy's species is the natural enemy of succubi.
  • House, M.D.:
    • Greg House MD, in his never-ending quest to piss off absolutely everyone in existence, did this a lot. In the early seasons, he wouldn't shut up with harassing any woman who shows even a mild sign of being attractive, for being attractive, bouncing back and forth between calling it unprofessional and just sexually assaulting them with words.
    • In the sixth season, a patient of the week is a porn star, as is his wife, and he's quite proud of his job. Cameron spends the entire episode attacking him for it, and even compares him negatively to someone who committed murder... because the murderer feels bad about it.
  • An episode of Supernatural starts with this. A cheerleader is shamed during lunch at school for sleeping with a guy and even for her choice of position (after all, only a slut faces away from the guy during sex). It's never revealed if the rumors are true or not, but it does cause her to lash out at a random nerdy girl and subsequently get beat by the girl (possessed by a vengeful spirit) to death in the bathroom.
  • In Agent Carter, the series doesn't shy away from a realistic display of mid-twentieth century attitudes about women and sex.
    • Everyone in Peggy Carter's office assumes she's only there because she was Captain America's lover, and tailor their ridicule accordingly— in reality, it was the other way around: Steve Rogers couldn't have pulled off his reputation-making mission if Peggy hadn't been there to encourage him and iron out the logistics. What's more, when they find out she's working with the fugitive Howard Stark, they all assume she's doing it because they're having an affair, and not for money or friendship.
    • Her landlady maintains a "home for respectable women" and doesn't just kick a girl out for having a boyfriend "above the first floor", she kicks her out in front of everyone at breakfast.
    • Howard is considered The Casanova by most for his many girlfriends, but ultimately it serves to get him in trouble, as the first season's plot turns out to have been kicked off by Howard showing off his secret weapons vault to a date who was actually a Russian spy. Several of his jilted girlfriends point out that any woman who went through as many partners as he has would be called a floozy.
  • A second-season episode of Lie to Me deals with the search for an eighteen year old who ran away from home and started doing porn. She spends some time hating herself for what she's done, calling herself toxic and asking "Who would want... someone like me?" Her father is also a piece of work.
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The revelation that a white woman rescued from an Indian camp actually married one of them results in basically the entire town doing a 180 on their treatment of her—initially incredibly sympathetic and concerned for her, they all turn out as Dr. Quinn and her family try to take her to church, declaring "that Injun' whore isn't welcome here."
    • This even happens to Dr. Quinn herself. When her foster children's natural father comes to town to fight her for custody, he puts a spin on her romantic entanglements by pointing out that within one calendar year, she was engaged to three different men (only one of which, to Sully, was legitimate. The first being a misunderstanding from her brief courtship with the Reverend, and the other being the result of her presumed-dead fiance still being alive), and trying to make her relationship with Sully himself seem improper.
  • This happens to Elaine in the series finale of Seinfeld, when one of the many character witnesses against them testifies about her coming into his drugstore to buy out the entire supply of contraceptive sponges. His disgusted tone and the shocked reaction from the courtroom is clearly meant to convey that Elaine is promiscuous. Ironically, not only was she not, but even if she had been, her desperate need to conserve the sponges made her LESS inclined to sleep around, as evidenced by the ridiculous interview/screening process she put a potential lover through.
    • In an earlier episode, when she asks a coworker about why she's so averse to using or touching anything that she herself has used, the woman admits "You seem to be with a lot of men. . ." Elaine angrily and rightly tells her that aside from her attitude being offensive and ignorant, her personal life is none of the woman's business. The woman agrees it isn't, but she's shown to be a germaphobe and irrational about this.
  • General Hospital: Betty Karen does this to Veronica Brenda, citing her flirtatious nature, In standing up for herself, pointing out she has slept with only one guy, Brenda ends up doing this to Karen, pointing out that Karen is the one who has spent several months flitting between two different guys. Karen also gets this from her ex-boyfriend Jason and his brother AJ following their breakup. They all have a serious Heel Realization several months later after learning that Karen was sexually abused as a child—and when she confronts him, her attacker does this too.
  • In the first series of The Fall, several of her fellow officers try to shame SIO Gibson about her one night stand with a married detective. She shuts them both down, hard. She didn't know he was married and feels no shame whatever about a one night stand.
  • Conviction (2016): The victim in the second episode was afraid of this if people knew she'd had casual sex with a married co-worker earlier on the night of her attack, and thus didn't mention it. Unfortunately this helped to get some innocent men convicted, as the physical evidence was thought to be from rape. Afterward her fears are proved correct as the media hounds her about this, despite Hayes's attempt to stop it.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: As part of the Handmaids' training, they have the group shame a young woman who was gang-raped, as she supposedly "led them on". This is particularly poignant since Offred is mentioned as writing about sexual assault before in a flashback.
  • In the second season of Chinese drama Ode to Joy, Ying Ying's brief relationship with her manipulative manager in the first season comes back to haunt her when introducing her new boyfriend to her friends. Some good-natured teasing from Xiao Xiao towards Guan Ju Er over being the only virgin in the room inadvertently reveals that Ying Ying is not a virgin, which results in her boyfriend dumping her and his mother disparaging her character. However, everybody else considers this sort of attitude beyond old-fashioned and misogynistic.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210. All of the girls do this to each other at varying intervals:
    • Brenda taunts Kelly about her previous reputation as the school bimbo after running into Kelly on a date with her ex-boyfriend Dylan. Throughout the series, it was well established that this was a sore point for Kelly.
    • Brenda herself gets this when she's wrongly accused of using the Casting Couch to secure the lead in the school play.
    • They, along with Andrea and Donna, apply this to newcomer Emily Valentine, upon noticing her flirting with all of the guys in the group. Especially bad as that's ALL she's doing—despite her unconventional looks and "Bad Girl" attitude, Emily is just as virginal as the latter two.
      • Emily herself accuses Brandon of treating her like a tramp after he breaks up with her even though he's actually done nothing of the sort—although he's (rightfully) complained about her crazy behavior, he's said nothing to indicate that she's promiscuous.
    • Valerie gets this after coming to town — from Kelly.
  • Promised Land. Dinah Greene is assaulted when walking home late from her hospital job. When confronted by her would-be rapist a few days later, she pleads for mercy, asking how he would feel if someone were attacking his own daughters like this. He angrily declares, "My daughters are good, decent girls! They don't go walking around late at night!", insinuating that Dinah deserved to be assaulted because of her behavior.
  • While the exact word isn't used, Eleanor Bramwell gets this from her father after he learns that she had a romantic weekend with her boyfriend — a major taboo in the Victorian England setting of the series. Later in the series, her fiance (a different man), does the same thing after she admits that she cheated on him.
  • Alba from Jane the Virgin is very old-fashioned and religious, and opens the series firmly lecturing her granddaughter Jane about saving herself for marriage, comparing losing her virginity to crumpling up a flower — once it's done, there's no going back. While Alba is an overall good grandparent and sympathetic character, and Jane takes the lesson to heart, her views on sex are presented as being outdated, and Jane clearly has some issues relating to her sexuality. (Though she fortunately realizes on a logical level that a woman's choice to have sex doesn't define her character, and it's nobody else's business.) Alba also has a nasty habit of slut-shaming her daughter Xo, which really gets on the latter's nerves. Then we find out Alba herself wasn't a virgin when she got married. When Xo finds out, she's understandably furious, calling Alba a hypocrite — something even Jane is forced to agree with. It gets a little more understandable when Alba reveals that while her husband didn't care that she wasn't a virgin, she was treated like a whore in her hometown, and her family basically disowned her when they found out.
  • 7 Yüz: In "Eşitlik", a sex tape turns Dilek into the victim of humiliating gossip and derision, the subject of tattle by both male and female acquaintances. Kaan's boss in particular makes his opinion of Dilek clear, despite going out of the way to watch the video himself.
  • Euphoria: A frequent topic of discussion on this series. In the first episode, Cassie's nude photos become distributed, and the guys all assume that she's some kind of sex fiend, when in reality she's no more sexually active than any of the other girls. In the second episode, Kat has to deal with the fallout from footage of her having sex being put online.
  • War of the Worlds (2019): Chloe's rapist brother tries to excuse him raping her by saying she walked around wearing only her underwear and had often slept with many different boys.
  • Mrs. America: When Jill (as one Republican to another) talks to Phyllis about how defending gender roles and putting down women's rights won't make her male colleagues respect her and even then it's nothing compared to the sexual harassment faced by the secretaries on the Hill, Phyllis makes a comment about "those women are inviting it" and respectable women hardly get compromised like that. Jill decides to call her out, pointing out that those women are the same as them and could even be like them and they just want a fair shake and go to work with no issues.
  • The Practice: In "Civil Right" Eugene attacks an alleged rape victim's testimony by pointing to what she wore on the night of her date with his client, implying that as she was in a revealing dress, she was "asking for it." This appears to be Eugene's go-to strategy when defending clients in rape cases, as we see him utilize the same tactics with another case near the end. He gets rebuked publicly for it by the victim, and the judge finds this all disgusting (though he can't stop such questions) and Eugene feels terrible about doing so. However, he keeps doing it in defense of his client.
  • ER: Gender inverted. Doug Ross' womanizing behavior was rarely, if ever, seen as positive. At best, it was a source of ridicule, at worst—after he brought in one of his random nameless one-night-stands dying from a drug overdose—outright contempt and disgust, and overall, indicative of him being a very troubled individual. His Suspiciously Similar Substitute Luka Kovac had an equally similar story arc.
  • Stargirl (2020): Yolanda suffered mockery and widespread shaming when a nude selfie that she'd sent to her boyfriend is leaked, not only from other kids but also her parents, who are Catholic. She loses both him and many friends over it.
  • Dark Desire: Alma mentions that women viewed as promiscuous have far less sympathy as murder victims in her class. The detective investigating Brenda's death remarks on her apparent promiscuity as well, and a female colleague rebukes him for a perceived attitude like this, but he dismisses it.
  • Underground: Clara gets pregnant and is forced to have an abortion by Hicks, the baby's father. The leaders of the community force her to sit in front of everyone while they scream at her to name the father, claiming that it's for her own good, and losing the baby was punishment for them sinning (they think she miscarried).
  • A French Village: Frenchwomen known or suspected to have had sex with Germans get publicly denounced as sluts and whores (whether or not they were actually promiscuous).
  • Big Sky: Ronald and particularly Legarski hate "immoral" women, whom they target to sex traffic (usually the ones who are sex workers or otherwise already vulnerable).

  • Lil Wayne frequently engages in this, despite boasting of having sex with numerous promiscuous women at the same time.
    "These hoes got pussies like craters. Can't treat these hoes like ladies, man."
  • Madonna and Christina Aguilera have both brought attention to Slut-Shaming and its ickiness, the former in "Human Nature" and the latter in "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Still Dirty."
  • Taylor Swift has been accused of this several times in the past (along with Madonna–Whore Complex) but has largely grown out of it :
    • "Better Than Revenge" is one long "The Reason You Suck" Speech about a girl who stole the narrator's boyfriend and has the line "she's better known for the things that she does on mattress" to further the point.
    • "Fifteen" has her imply her best friend is Defiled Forever due to having sex with her boyfriend, who soon dumps her. She could have been trying to make a statement about how sometimes people, especially younger ones, jump into sex before being truly ready and properly prepared to deal with the potential consequences, but it doesn't come across that way and instead came across as this trope. Justified, however, as she was quoting what her best friend actually said about it at the time.
    • "You Belong With Me" has the lines "she wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts" and "She wears high heels, I wear sneakers" which imply that this makes the girl unsuitable for her love interest..
    • Averted in her later songs, however, which Taylor herself has attributed to simply growing up. So averted, in fact, that she now has a single, "Wildest Dreams," that's pretty obviously about the joys of having a fun-filled fling.
  • This is all the song "Fit But You Know It" by The Streets is about. He sees a random girl and feels justified in judging every aspect of her appearance before condemning her for being aware that she's attractive.
  • Paramore's "Misery Business" reeks of this.
    Once a whore you're nothing more / I'm sorry, that'll never change.
  • Played with (in a way) in "Slip it In" off the Black Flag album of the same name. The song takes multiple shots at an woman who is regretful for "what [she] did the night before", hitting on (and sleeping with, if the spoken word intro is anything to go by) other guys when she claims to have a boyfriend, and blaming her actions on having too much to drink, among other things - however the song later states "You're getting around/I'm not putting it down/It's just what it is/Getting it while it's around", so the song plays the trope straight and subverts it at the same time.
  • Salt-n-Pepa lashes out against this in the song "None Of Your Business" - which also doubled as a Take That! towards their critics.
  • The girl posse attempts to do this to Maggie, a former prostitute who became one of Hero's disciples, in the !HERO: The Rock Opera song "Leave Here."
  • In Amanda Palmer's cheerful song "Oasis", the protagonist was raped by a man at a party. She ends up pregnant and goes to get an abortion. She brings her best friend, who herself had been molested in the past, and it goes normally enough. When they go back to college apparently Melissa spread rumors that the protagonist was a "crack whore" and they stop talking... Except for the fact they're going to a Blur concert together soon.
  • Despite his own hyper-sexual reputation, Prince's “Little Red Corvette” is all about this trope.
    I guess I should have closed my eyes
    When you drove me
    To the place where your horses run free
    'Cause I felt a little ill
    When I saw all the pictures
    Of the jockeys that were there before me
  • "Dicked Down in Dallas" by Trey Lewis has him listing off all the sex acts that his ex is likely performing now that she's not with him anymore.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Subverted somewhat in The Bible. While it doesn't think highly of sex outside of marriage ("No adultery" is one of the Ten Commandments, for starters), it treats adulterers as people instead of dirty whores, with A) Jesus big on redemption and atonement, not punishment, and B) shamers being reminded that their sins aren't any better than those of the shamed.
    • The Pharisees bring an adulteress before Jesus and ask what he thinks should be done with her. According to Jewish law, she should be stoned to death. Jesus said to the crowd "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." When everyone in the crowd realized they were sinners, they all left. Jesus then told the woman Go and Sin No More.
      • Some have claimed that Jesus was actually calling them out on the Double Standard-under the Mosaic Law, both adulterer and adulteress should both be put to death-but where was the man?
    • A similar story appears in Genesis — Judah condemns his widowed daughter-in-law, Tamar, to death for getting pregnant out of wedlock. It turns out the conception was when Tamar dressed like a prostitute and slept with Judah, who was trying to weasel his way out of a levirate marriage (marrying his brother's widow). When Tamar reveals this, Judah admits that she is more righteous than him; they don't become a couple, but the twins she gives birth to become Judah's heirs.
    • Another incident happens with another woman named Tamar when she is raped by her half-brother Amnon. After the ordeal is done, she demands that she marry him in order to keep what is left of her honor since the time's culture dictated that a rapist should marry his victim to compensate for her lost virginity. However, Amnon disdains her saying that it was her fault for causing him to lust after her and casts her away in disgust. As a result, Tamar says his rejection of her is considered even worse than the rape itself.
    • As with the above Jesus example, there was another incident with a woman at a well who gave Jesus water. Jesus asked her to draw a cup for him and she tried to refuse the request for being both a Samaritan and an adulteress (an adulteress at the time could mean a number of things). Jesus knew this and didn't mind either one. The detail in the story that it was about noontime has made some commentators think the woman was already being slut-shamed by her community. Why was she was getting water at the well alone at that hot hour instead of say earlier in the morning with many other people? Because she was avoiding them.
  • After the dice game in the Mahabharata, Karna calls Draupadi a slut for having five husbands (even though, as stated earlier in the narrative, she is not the first woman to do so...and men were permitted to take multiple wives, mistresses, and concubines), and uses her "sluttiness" as justification for why she should submit to his and Duryodhana's sexual advances in front of his court. Later, she tells Krishna what went down, and he says he'll make it right, that no woman (especially one as pious as Draupadi) should be treated that way.
  • In "Sorli's Tale", Freyja, who in this tale is Odin's concubine, sleeps with four dwarfs in exchange for a necklace. Odin makes Loki steal the necklace and when Freyja goes to Odin to get it back, he calls her out for her bargain. Meanwhile, our knowledge of Norse Mythology suggests Odin is simultaneously married to Frigg and had plenty of extramarital affairs even besides Freyja.
    • Subverted in the older Lokasenna, where Loki attempts to slut-shame Freyja, only for her father Njord to defend her by saying that there is nothing wrong with a married woman having a lover. Said adultery is about Freyja sleeping with Freyr.

  • Goethe's Faust gives details of the Slut-Shaming customs of rural Germany at that period. The bride's bridal garland being ripped from her head and stamped underfoot by the village boys, the "slut" having to sit in a particular pew in church and so on. Nothing was done to the man, of course.
  • Deconstructed in the stage production of Les Misérables: The song "At the End of the Day" ends with the factory workers and foreman condemning Fantine for being a "whore" by having Cosette out of wedlock. Fantine retaliated earlier by saying that she's not the only worker without a sexually clean history and given that she's been refusing the foreman's advances, more than a little of the accusations are them just trying to get rid of her out of spite.
    Workers: While we're earning our daily bread/ She's the one with her hands in the butter!/ You must send the slut away/ Or we're all gonna end in the gutter!/ It's us who'll have to pay/ At the end of the day.
    Foreman: I might have known the bitch could bite/ I might have known the cat had claws/ I might have guessed your little secret./ Ah yes, the virtuous Fantine/ Who keeps herself so pure and clean/ You'd be the cause, I have no doubt/ Of any trouble hereabout/ You play a virgin in the light/ But need no urgin' in the night!
  • Grease has a song about this, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do". After Rizzo has a pregnancy scare, everyone starts gossiping about her.
    "There are worse things I could do/Than go with a boy or two/Even though the neighborhood/Thinks I'm trashy and no good".
  • Played with in Little Shop of Horrors. Audrey is heavily implied to have been a stripper to make ends meet, and is ashamed of this, seeming to think she deserves the abuse she suffers at the hands of her boyfriend Orin because of it. (Unfortunately, this line of thinking isn't uncommon, especially with people who already have low self-esteem as Audrey does.) Orin seems to agree, even outright referring to her as a slut at one point. Notably, Seymour, who's deeply in love with Audrey and thinks she's a wonderful person, doesn't care one bit about her former job, pointing out that she was simply making a living.
  • Shakespeare loves this trope. It's always deconstructed:
    • In Cymbeline, the protagonist, Imogen is slut-shamed by her husband, Posthumous. One of the antagonists managed to convince him that she slept with him by stealing her bracelet. After her husband wants her dead, she runs away diguised as a boy.[[Spoiler: However when Posthumous believes that Imogen is dead her regrets and tries to commit suicide]]
    • In ''Much Ado About Nothing'" one of the four protagonists, Hero, is slut-shamed on her wedding day by her husband-to-be being called . In Shakespeare's day, this would have been a fate worse than death as her honour would have been destroyed forever. Hero has few people who believe she's innocent, even her own father. [[Spoiler: However, Hero is extremely lucky as her cousin, Beatrice, and the man she has Beligent Sexual Tension with, Bennick believe she's innocent. As well as that the Watchman manage to find evidence of her innocence]]
    • In Othello. Not only does Iago's slut-shaming of an innocent woman ultimately get her killed (even though she never even cheated on her husband), but Emilia has a rather impressive monologue in which she points out that some men deliberately cheat on their wives, while many women who cheat on their husbands only do so because their husbands were being mean to them.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • During the feud between Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog, the latter's wife was hitting on Shawn Michaels to make him look bad, which led to Jim Cornette accusing Shawn Michaels of being a fornicator who was trying to make Diana break her marital vows. So, this wasn't an example on screen but off screen, Stu Hart did not like how it made Diana look, making it this trope retroactively.
  • While commentators like Jerry "the King" Lawler and Tazz get to drool over the Divas/Knockouts and beg them to get their "puppies" or "pigeons" out (being euphemisms for breasts), it's a guarantee that if the ladies in question actually did so, they would be considered sluts.
  • Furthermore, pro wrestling is a form of media in which women whose only crime is being a heel (as in less likable than the face, for any reason) can loudly and incessantly be chanted at with calls of "SLUT" or "SHE'S A CRACK WHORE". Mostly, the heels will do something to "earn" slut chants but not always. Tommy Dreamer merely said Jazz looked like one in ECW, for example.
  • On the August 8 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Ivory attacked Tori from behind and wrote "Slut" on her back as punishment for Tori having previously posed in body paint instead of clothing. Trish Stratus would later imitate this on Monday Night Raw, spray painting "Slut" on Christy Hemme's back after Christy posed for Playboy magazine.
  • Trish Stratus was used as a play thing that Vince McMahon eventually discarded, causing her to rebel against him. Molly Holly and Victoria would hold this against her long after the fact, insisting Trish had slept her way to the top.
  • Stephanie McMahon was frequently referred to as a slut but only after she turned on her father and sided with Triple H (with whom Vince had been feuding) and took control of his company. She never did anything remotely whorish though so it's more of a case of fans not knowing what other insult to chant at her ("Gold Digger" and "Manipulator" not exactly being easy for wrestling crowds to chant).note 
  • Steve, The sound guy of Women's Extreme Wrestling and Dangerous Women Of Wrestling, hated hos. Normally this translated into He-Man Woman Hater but sometimes he would ally with women he thought weren't hos or were less hos than a particular target of his wrath (such as the self-identified G.I. Ho). It was implied he hadn't gotten over a breakup and might have been cheated on.
  • While working at the IWA Mid-South ticket booth, Mickie Knuckles was constantly harassed by then IWA World Champion Jimmy Jacobs, who at one point held up challenger Delirious after putting him in a sleeper hold and screamed "You want this Mickie? You want this you slut!"
  • Trish Stratus got showered with chants of "slut" after she turned on Chris Jericho, an admitted arrogant ass but one who genuinely liked and defended her, for Christian, who physically assaulted her for eventually returning Jericho's affections and then bragging to Jericho about how she slept with Christian behind his back while planning Jericho's downfall. Trish would go on to hypocritically tease Lita for sleeping with and getting impregnated by Kane in an effort to defend Matt Hardy from him.
  • Unfortunately for Lita her run as a "slut" came across as legit Slut-Shaming in real life. Behind the scenes, she had cheated on boyfriend Matt Hardy with Edge and fans became aware of this and began to chant insults at her on TV so the writers used it as a storyline to turn her heel. The unfortunate part (in story) came where she turned on her husband - who was only her husband because he had scared her into sleeping with him.
  • When Karen Angle tried to use Sting's supposed affection for children to goad him into becoming Kurt Angle's Tag Team partner, Sting retorted that she should change her dress if she cares about children.
  • On a 2010 edition of the Funkin Conservatory's !BANG! TV, Radiant Rain arrived from an AAA show calling Claudia "The Claw" Reiff "an ugly kiss ass hooker" for Dory Funk Jr..
  • After being named "new vice president of the knockouts" by Karen Jarrett, Madison Rayne accused Tara and Brooke Tessmacher of "being full of diseases" and then fired them.
  • AJ Lee managed to completely avoid this, and it was epic. After being dumped by Daniel Bryan, she snapped and turned her attention to CM Punk and Kane, as well as continuing to flirt with Daniel Bryan. It was quite clear she was manipulating them for her own desires and she ended up getting the job as Raw General Manager. She also had a brief dalliance with John Cena and is now (April 2013) with Dolph Ziggler, and has been for several months. Interestingly, though some fans and the commentators like to slut-shame AJ and call her names, her current and past love interest(s) are reluctant to do so — even Daniel Bryan, the ex with the biggest beef with AJ, is catty about her choice of romantic partner, not her having pursued those romantic partners. Her current boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler, is completely unperturbed about her romantic history and is very proud to be with AJ. Only CM Punk threw their relationship back in her face. Of course, on commentary Lawler just can't stop harping on the fact that she (gasp) has had several boyfriends.
  • Eve Torres kind of earned her Hoe-ski chants by trying to cheat on Zack Ryder. The only problem here might be that the chants persisted long after that storyline had faded from relevance.
  • While not a crack whore, TNA, perhaps because it has been chanted before, introduced Claire Lynch, a drunken crackhead falsely claiming that AJ Styles was the father of her child, which is about as close as one can get without actually being.
  • Strange case in Ring of Honor, where Steve Corino brags that Matt Hardy has slept with way more women than "your" hero, CM Punk. Thing is, "CM Pussy" and "CM Hump" were not chanted at Punk in congratulation, so this comment did absolutely nothing to endear anyone to Hardy.
  • During the 2015 IWA Deep South "Softcore Cup", one of the commentators advised a man in the audience who accepted Joey Ryan's blow pop to go get tested.
  • SHINE Champion LuFisto, who was in search of rookies to torment at the Nova Tournament, addressed(what she thought was) Maria Maria as 'mi puta favorita'.
  • In the lead up to Shine's second Nova Tournament Notorious Nadi said she was a fan of La Rosa Negra's work, and told Negra to quit wrestling because her talents were better suited for prostitution.

    Video Games 
  • Assassin's Creed II provides us with an example of shaming by legislation. The extra, in-game index describes how courtesans (by that time a word meaning essentially "whores") were by law more and more circumscribed and sharply defined in dress and hairstyle in an effort to eliminate their profession from polite society.
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations gives us yet another example. A senator complains that his organization has been demoted to useless functions, like legislating the length of women's sleeves (a real thing). The heralds also make announcements about that same recent legislation. Wearing their sleeves too short was a punishable offense for women.
  • The criminal inmates of Batman: Arkham City are slightly misogynistic to the same degree they're also trying to slightly hurt Batman's feelings. There are a lot of taunts thrown at Harley and Catwoman.
  • Religious girl and Shrinking Violet Kate Marsh from Life Is Strange receives this hard from not only the stuck up Hipster Jerkass's from her school but also her deeply religious mother and aunt. It all starts when a video of her making out with several boys at a Vortex Club party surfaces on the internet (the fact that anyone can clearly see she's under the influence of something while she's doing it doesn't mitigate anything). What makes it worse is that the students doing the "shaming" know for a fact she WAS drugged at the party and normally acts like the purest girl there is yet still think Kate brought everything on herself. The game also shows the negative consequences of the slutshaming: Kate is really depressed because of it and even manages to kill herself at the end of Episode 2 if the player doesn't make the right choices.
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • During Miranda Lawson's loyalty mission, she confronts the asari leader of the Eclipse mercenaries who's trying to abduct Miranda's sister Oriana. Enyala proceeds to insult Miranda's rather revealing outfit, and if Jack(who hates Miranda) is the other squadmate, she will agree with the insults.
      Captain Enyala: I was just waiting for you to finish getting dressed. Or does Cerberus really let you whore around in that outfit?
    • Engineers Kenneth Donnelly and Gabriella Donnelly
      Gabriella: I've got green across the board. The forward tanks are buoyant and elevated.
      Kenneth: Are you talking about the Normandy or Miranda?
      Gabriella: I'm talking about the one that's covered and protected, not bouncing in the breeze.
    • The asari race as a whole is subjected to this. They are an all female pansexual race that prefers to mate with members of other species and are open about their sexuality. Many asari “maidens” (young adults) even take jobs as strippers or dancers in bars for a few centuries, before settling down to raise children. This has created a galaxy-wide stereotype of the asari being promiscuous nymphomaniacs. The asari as a whole downplay this - except when it strategically suits them. The only asari who are promiscuous nymphos are the vampiric Ardat Yakshi serial killers, who are a source of great shame for all asari.
  • Some Fire Emblem fans don't like Tharja for many valid reasons, but one of the more minor reasons tend to be her outfit. Tharja herself, however, is mortified when she realizes how revealing her outfit is, which makes the choice of clothing sound less about any conscious choice on her part and more about catering to the Male Gaze. It's not even an outfit that is unique to her, since it's just the standard Dark Mage outfit sans headdress, and the male version of the outfit is just as revealing.
  • Haunting Ground: When Daniella finally corners Fiona, she calls her a "vile creature" who "invites the man into her filthy body, again and again". Though it's a completely baseless accusation since Fiona is a virgin. Daniella simply resents the fact that Fiona could, while she herself cannot because she's an incomplete Homonculus, who can neither feel pleasure or pain.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this frequently happens to the followers of Dibella, the Aedric Divine Goddess of Beauty who is also associated with the carnal and sexual aspects of love. The primary means of worshiping her involves the "Dibellan Arts", a particular form of lovemaking and sexual practices. Given that most of her followers are women, many are forced to practice these Arts in private for fear of this trope. One particular case of this occurs in Skyrim, where Svana - the niece of Haelga, a promiscuous Dibella-worshiping innkeeper - asks you to publicly humiliate her aunt for her behavior.
  • In Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town the Kappa is the one bachelor who will never live with the player character if married, but as with every other marriage candidate, the PC becomes pregnant very shortly after the wedding. Every other husband will notice the PC seems unwell and take her to the doctor; the Kappa, however, just appears in the PC's house one day and says "You, pregnant," and then disappears again, prompting a "..." reaction from her. Then she goes to the doctor and finds out it's true. All the doctor says to her is "You're going to have a baby" when she shows up at the clinic pregnant and with no husband - no "Congratulations!" like with every other spouse, - and Elli is completely silent.
  • Deconstructed in Persona 5. Ann Takamaki faces a lot of this trope at Shujin Academy. Several students pass around rumors that Ann has been giving sexual favors to PE teacher Suguru Kamoshida. She isn't, but Kamoshida has been persistently trying to get her to do so by threatening her with her friend Shiho's removal from the volleyball team. When Ann finally has enough and refuses Kamoshida's advances, he carries out his threats and then some. Even after Kamoshida is dealt with, the rumors about Ann being a slut don't go away, although a few of her classmates apologize for their past treatment of her and act a little nicer to her.note invoked
  • Played for Laughs in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony thanks to Kokichi and Miu. The former tosses insults at the latter such as "puny whore-brained bitchlet" and "filthy cum dumpster". However, the latter's BDSM kink only results in her getting off on being degraded.

    Web Comics 
  • Inverted in Questionable Content, after Faye sleeps with her boss's brother, Sven. She immediately begins to freak out but is reassured by her therapist that she's not a slut and that a casual sexual relationship can be healthy, and is perhaps exactly what she needs at that point.
  • Magick Chicks: Invoked by name when Faith, calls Tiffany out on it. Also counts as a mild What the Hell, Hero? moment, since Tiffany is the school's resident superhero. However, Faith did say she'd stop seeing other girls if Tiffany asked her to; assuming, of course, that Tiffany was consenting to go steady with her.
  • In-Universe example: Kankri from Homestuck at one point criticises Porrim for sleeping around. She is not pleased. As Kankri is intended to be an example of the worst forms of social justice while Porrim is the opposite, the readers are expected to side with her and balk at Kankri's hypocrisy.
  • Oglaf parodies this a few different ways.
    • Once is with a city full of virgins terrified of sluts, who don't know what sluts or sex are.
    • Another is with a misogynistic smith who gives a man stereotypical lady armor for not being "manly" enough, with the word "SLUT" emblazoned across the chest.note 
    • A third is the garden of Eden, with God actually being okay with the apple thing, but telling them they have to cover up the tits. No... just the lady tits.
  • In Sin Fest, Seymore gives a scathing comment to Monique for dressing provocatively. Later, Xanthe does too, indicating her dress is the work of the Patriarchy. Since the Sisterhood arc, pretty much any expression of male sexuality is literally demonized to the point where the porn industry is an extension of the devil himself.
  • In Rhapsodies Bian, a Lad-ette who Really Gets Around, rebels against this hard.
  • Defied in the thin H line, Clay's sequel to Sexy Losers. A scantily-clad woman responds to a He-Man Woman Hater calling her a slut by pretending the word is an acronym for "Super-Loveable Understanding Type" and thanking him for the compliment. She continues in this vein when he calls her a bitch:
    Woman: "Beautiful, Intelligent, Truly Compassionate Human." That's so sweet, coming from an ASS.
    Man: What does an ASS stand for?
    Woman: Nothing, apparently.
  • In El Goonish Shive, there is an extra who exists mostly to criticize Diane behind her back (and also within earshot) based on her slutty reputation. This extra then discovers her friend is not a virgin and has to apologize for making her feel bad.

    Web Original 
  • Angela and Esmeralda on The War Comms do this like breathing, which has gotten them more than a few punches to the face.

    Web Videos 
  • The Nostalgia Critic and The Nostalgia Chick:
    • They use "slut" and "whore" freely to describe anyone they don't like, but they've both admitted to enjoying being slutty themselves. More to the point, they both have a very dim view of shaming women for having sex or enjoying it. In the Critic's case, his doing this less as time goes on is very likely a result of his actor getting rape and death threats for invoking Female Gaze on himself so much.
    • In-universe, Critic gets some from Douchey. First, he's just called a whore, but then he's called a "war whore", an insult for a woman who cheats while her husband is away fighting.
    • The Nostalgia Chick criticizes Moulin Rouge! for this.
  • The Brows Held High review of The Girlfriend Experience was removed because Kyle was accused of this, given that he frequently mocks the background of Sasha Grey and her too-sexual-for-its-own-good character.
  • The Guild:
    • In the second season, Codex is interested in a hot stuntman neighbor and dresses up (showing cleavage) to get his interest when Vork shows up out of the blue and asks "Why are you dressed like a harlot?" Then he invades her home and peruses her belongings before randomly turning to her and saying "Cover yourself, woman."
    • At the end of the third season, Codex and Fawkes have sex and she discusses it with the guild at the opening of the fourth. In addition to yelling at her for sleeping with the enemy, they call her a slut and attack her for doing so after one date. Then, when he makes it clear it was a one-time thing, she starts calling herself a slut.
  • RebelTaxi: Pan Pizza has been known to put down Slut-Shaming on occasion because he's perfectly okay with women being sluts.
  • Allison Pregler during her Charmed reviews would frequently call Phoebe a selfish whore during her commentary. She realized that her name-calling was a bit harsh without context, and clarifies that she doesn't have any problem with people being sexually active or promiscuous, as long as they don't treat their partners like garbage. Phoebe's boyfriends are used, lied to, cheated on, and otherwise treated like crap by her, and that's not counting her usual abhorrent behavior in general.
  • Echo Rose: This seems to be a common occurrence in Nettlebrook— not only were students being shamed on "Fallen Angels", but Echo herself received a note calling her a "hooker", and the former homecoming queen Zoey was bullied with sexual rumors and the name "Hoey".
  • In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Lizzie has this view of her younger sister Lydia, saying that "Ugh, Lydia's being a stupid whorey slut again!" is something she'd be likely to say about her often. However, the narrative doesn't treat this trait of Lizzie's as admirable; when Lydia overhears Lizzie call her a slut, she forces Lizzie to apologize for her remark and when she later seriously asks Lizzie if George Wickham uploading a sex tape of them online without her consent wouldn't have happened if she hadn't been "a stupid whorey slut", Lizzie is quick to reassure her that it's not her fault at all.
  • Claire from One Take suffers this after her nude photos are leaked. They are put on her school's website, earning her the consternation of her parents. A year later, she's known as "that Berklee girl" whose videos "everyone has watched", and slurs are hurled her way.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time got away with it in "Sky Witch", with Princess Bubblegum reassuring Marceline The Vampire Queen that Raggedy Princess could be her new cuddly toy, and that she'd be happy to do it as "she's got zero self-respect".
  • As Told by Ginger:
    • Ginger in "Fast Reputation" grappled with the "damned if you do and damned if you don't" scenario, when she crashes a high school party to shed her "Nice Girl" image. She chats up with this high schooler, she crushes on for a bit under the table. And then he talked to Miranda and Courtney about her "pearly whites" and how dark it was, the two spiral it out of control to where Ginger encounters graffiti that all but calls her a slut (the cartoon instead uses the term "fast").
    • To a lesser extent, the priggish and adult Joann tells Hoodsey that Carl (a preteen boy) that the latter is "a budding exhibitionist" all because the boy isn't Shower Shy.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated had the puritan "ghost" of Hebediah Grimm, who attacked women with a giant mallet for their "painted faces, exposed necklines, and skirts that rise above the ankle!" It turned out Hebediah was being played by two teens who would "rescue" his victims, who they found hot for exactly the reasons Hebediah was attacking. This is probably why Velma was spared, despite her short skirt, with Grimm calling her a homely "model of purity."
  • Averted completely in Beavis and Butt-Head. Beavis frequently refers to his own mother as a slut, but he says it like he's proud of her!
  • Steven Universe: Gender inverted. Andy DeMayo gets mad at Greg for having Steven when he wasn't married to his mother. The two were in a relationship for several years before they decided to have a child, but it wasn't like they could have likely gotten legally married anyway, with Rose being a Starfish Alien.
  • Diane from BoJack Horseman experienced both this and Virgin-Shaming at the same time when she was called a "virgin slut" in high school. Even back then, she wasn't afraid to point out the Logic Bomb.


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