Broader efforts to "reclaim" the word — via marches like SlutWalks , for instance — have largely failed. Topics Women Jessica Valenti column. It has little to do with the number of our sexual partners, or the way we dress or flirt, or if we take birth control or not. Cherice Moralez — raped by her 49 year-old teacher when she was just 14 — was called "older than her chronological age" by the judge in the trial — a more diplomatic way of saying she had it coming. A safe contraceptive and a cancer vaccine were both held up for years because of fears they would make women "slutty", and anti-choice legislators and activists insist that that abortion providers are in the "business" of promiscuity — and use that accusation as a way to defund critical health care providers like Planned Parenthood. Many women I asked even said that it was not having sex that inspired a young man to start rumors that they were one.
The "slut" idea hurts women politically as well.
What makes a slut? The only rule, it seems, is being female
Another asked the jury: The 'slut' is not necessarily sexually active — she just doesn't follow the gender script. Sandra Fluke heard it when she talked about insurance coverage for birth control. So what makes you a slut? The "slut" idea hurts women politically as well.