‘Slut discourse’ used by high-status co-eds to assert class advantage

A new study suggests that high-status female college students employ “slut discourse” – defining their styles of femininity and approaches to sexuality as classy rather than trashy or slutty – to assert class advantage and put themselves in a position where they can enjoy sexual exploration with few social consequences.

“Viewing women only as victims of men’s sexual dominance fails to hold women accountable for the roles they play in reproducing social inequalities,” said lead author Elizabeth A. Armstrong, an associate professor of sociology and organizational studies at the University of Michigan. “By engaging in ‘slut-shaming’ – the practice of maligning women for presumed sexual activity – women at the top create more space for their own sexual experimentation, at the cost of women at the bottom of social hierarchies.”

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