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Slut Shaming

Elizabeth Banks Wants To Take Shame Out Of The Sex Equation

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment

Elizabeth Banks wants to remove the stigma surrounding female sexuality. In a recent interview with New You magazine, the 40-year-old voiced her c...

Women Need To Stop Blaming Other Women

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 07.18.2014 | Women
Geraldine Estevez

The perception men have of women is skewed, but the perception women have of each other, I dare say, is even worse.

Girlfriends: The Other Women

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 07.17.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Fortunately, I got to go to college in the late '60s. The Second Wave ruled! Birth control was readily available and there were savvy girls from all over the world at UNM. What was even better, they knew nothing about me. Sure, I was a little weird, but weird was in. I could blend. Somewhat.

A Pill By Any Other Name...

Meryl Branch-McTiernan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Meryl Branch-McTiernan

Changing the way we refer to the pill would not be difficult since most people are unaware of the many available brand names. While star-studded Viagra ads have splashed across the Super Bowl, there have been far fewer efforts to normalize the pill in American advertising.

These Quotes Nail Everything That's Wrong With School Dress Codes

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Teen

"I understand that girls shouldn't be coming to school with their butts or chests hanging out, but there has to be a happy medium."

Heavy Makeup, Fishnets And Short Shorts Don't Make Me Less Of A Feminist

Gabriela Rivera-Morales | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Gabriela Rivera-Morales

You can't convince me that I'm immediately complicit in a sexist system for loving makeup, and wearing booty shorts or itty-bitty crop tops.

The One Four-Letter Word You Won't Find in Obvious Child

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 06.05.2014 | Women
Leora Tanenbaum

The new romantic comedy Obvious Child is about Donna, a young bawdy comedian who has a one-night-stand and becomes pregnant. Unprepared for parenthood emotionally or financially, she has an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although Donna and her friends live and breathe four-letter words, there's one they never mention.

Is 'Slut Shaming' an Appropriate Term?

A. Lynn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Women
A. Lynn

Can we still use the term "slut shaming" to describe a very specific mindset we see exhibited from sexists so frequently without reclaiming it? When we use this term are we inherently using the language of oppressors?

Women Are Never 'Asking For It,' And These Videos Make That Clear

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.05.2014 | College

Have you ever been called a slut because of an outfit you wore, or called a tease because of the way you "flirted"? What about being told you were "as...

Nina Bahadur

The Real Reason Women Call Each Other 'Sluts'

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women

Slut-shaming is something all women deal with, whether in the form of criticism for the way they dress or being made to feel bad about their romantic ...

Connecting the Digital Dots From Elliot Rodger to Alyssa Funke: Slacktivism, Reductionism and the Predictable Blame Game of Tragic Death

Clay Calvert | Posted 05.30.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

The bottom line is that we often seem to engage in simplistic and superficial soul searching and feel-good social media activity. The danger is that we really may not be taking much real-world action. And the clearly cathartic and therapeutic vigils and protests we now hold won't last long.

College Student Commits Suicide Following Cyberbullying Over Porn

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.23.2014 | College

Alyssa Funke, a straight-A student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, committed suicide last month after being bullied and harassed online ov...

Judge's Light Sentence for Convicted Rapist Sparks Outrage for the Legal Community

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The line between what is acceptable and what is not as it pertains to shaming in the legal arena is murky at best. In the interest of not just those in the legal profession, but more importantly victims and the accused, it is time we get some clarity on these issues.

On Escaping The Shame Spiral

Jill Di Donato | Posted 06.21.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

It's no easy feat to admit to flaws, because that means they're real and we have to confront them. Accepting our mistakes or shortcomings -- choices that may not have served us well, unflattering ways others may perceive us, or subtle imperfections that gnaw away at us -- is uncomfortable in the short-term, but acknowledging them can ward off long-term problems.

Why Steve Harvey Needs to Have a Seat

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Olivia Cole

Rather than using the Mimi and Nikko sex tape as a teachable moment about privacy, permanence and the longevity of Internet decisions, Harvey can't resist transforming that moment into a diatribe about shame and God's plan for women's bodies.

Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.

6 Messed-Up Myths About Women Who Have A Lot Of Sex

Marrie Lobel | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Marrie Lobel

Myths about women's sexuality are continually refurbished and bought by the masses; old morays sold as shiny new tools to be hurled as weapons of control. It's time to expose reality by shattering outdated perceptions of women who have a lot of sex.

Is Governor Christie Guilty of Slut-Shaming?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

That question has been asked repeatedly since the legal team hired by Christie released its findings last week.

In Defense Of Shakira And Rihanna's Music Video

Taylor Griffith | Posted 05.31.2014 | Teen
Taylor Griffith

Sex appeal is a part of life, and it's unfortunate where it falls in terms of money involvement. That being said, with such mixed opinions on what's sexy in the media, where do we draw the line?

Emma Gray

This Is The Sexiest Podcast You'll Ever Hear

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Gray | Posted 05.29.2014 | Women

Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson have had a lot of sex -- and they're not afraid to talk about it. After Fisher went through a rough breakup,...

Can We Talk About Birth Control Without Slut-Shaming?

Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Amanda Duberman

That researchers and health advocates need to presume harsh judgement of sexually active women to convince skeptics of birth control's utility just reminds us how far we have to go.

The Feminist's Dilemma: Why We Can't Stop Caring About How We Look

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Tamara Shayne Kagel

Most of us want to be appreciated and loved and valued for more than how we look, but are unable to completely expunge all interest in our outward image. If this is where most of us live, shouldn't we be asking for acceptance to be in this middle space?

Move Over Celebutantes and Twerkers, It's Time for a Ladylike Revolution

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

Have you heard about the latest YouTube craze, subwoofer orgasm videos? Why bother with twerking and other provocative dance videos when girls are wil...

No, It's Not OK to 'Steal Kisses' -- Here's Why

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

He is endearing and he's 6 and "boys will be boys." But, the girl he kissed without permission is also probably endearing, also 6 and not interested in his touching her. The hard and unpleasant part is the idea that her right not to be involved in his working through learning self-control is legitimate.

Why I Keep a Spreadsheet of Everyone I've Ever Slept With

Eric Barry | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Eric Barry

Some people will argue that if these women really mattered, a list wouldn't be necessary. Most of these people couldn't tell you the phone number of the person they're dating, or the birth dates of some of their closest friends, because ya know, they have a list that stores that information.