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Hope Witsell

Two So-Called Sluts, Two Deaths, Only One Uproar

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leora Tanenbaum

Two high school girls were relentlessly harassed as "sluts" by their peers in school and committed suicide as a result: Hope Witsell in rural Florida and now Phoebe Prince in South Hadley, MA.

Girl-Bashing and Its Consequences

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leora Tanenbaum

No girl deserves to be called a "slut." Dividing "sluts" into the innocent and guilty reinforces the idea that male sexuality is normal while female sexuality is deviant at worst, defiant at best.