There are women who've been slut-shamed who've had the maturity and power to ignore it. To be inspired by the slur, even, and throw it back in people's faces: Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne [Suck it, bitches. it's happening! or, another, more elegant translation: Let them grumble, that's how it's going to be!] ~Anne Boleyn.
And it's great when women have the moxie to stand up for themselves, to wear the label of slut as a badge of pride. Yay for proud sluts!
But there are others, especially those young and powerless, who've felt so shamed and shunned, they've taken their own lives.
Can we all agree that this is a tragedy?
Last weekend, among other amazing women, I was privileged to meet Emily Lindin, creator of the Unslut Project, and Slut: A Documentary Film.
As an "early bloomer," Emily herself experienced slut-shaming in middle school, merely for having the audacity to grow breasts. (Been there, experienced that.)
So instead of my usual Slut of the Month post, I'd like to encourage you all to $upport getting this film out there.
The filming was successfully funded via Kickstarter; now all that is needed is only a few thousand dollars for post-production. Currently they're collecting funds via Seed and Spark, and that campaign ends in a few short days!!
If you're a woman, or if you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or other young woman that you love, consider taking this step to help make slut-shaming a thing of the past.
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled Slut of the Month posts shortly.