This word was used against me as a girl and the pain of it was more long lasting than I’d realized. It’s a word meant to make a THING out of a PERSON, and is wielded like a brutal weapon to keep women in their place, to keep them fearful, to okay their dehumanization, objectification, and violence committed against them. It’s also most often used against marginalized girls - the poor, the neglected, the abused, the visibly traumatized.
I had an epiphany the day I said to my ex, ‘you were celebrated for the same things I was punished for,’ and that punishment was HARSH, coming from males and females alike. So I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big FUCK YOU to anyone in my youth who ever used this word against me, and I already know justice has been served to your cruel, ignorant, unenlightened, patriarchal ass. I hope you’ve come into the light and you sincerely regret using the word slut to hurt or degrade anyone. And if you haven’t learned that lesson yet, I curse you with it now. I curse anyone who uses this as a weapon, and I clap for those who have reclaimed it.
Think about these words used to tell people they are nothing - slut, fag, white trash, the N word, fat, stupid - and while I’m all about reclamation, let’s raise the vibe and call out those who use them as tools of hurt.
And to the generation coming up or fuck it, my own - go be a slut! LIVE!!!!! Taste variety!!! Do whatever you want! You only live fuckin once so don’t let this hateful word, or the other words, keep you down. Punch the person who says them - literally or metaphorically.