Celebrity Slut Smackdown

You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores.

Touche, Ms. Norbury. This nugget of Mean Girls wisdom seems logical enough, but it’s still the stuff of fiction. Prostitution-inspired terminology infiltrates every aspect of our culture – it sounds edgy, so we throw it around, consequences to our gender be damned.

Fashion’s all about anything edgy. It was only a matter of time before slutty turned chic.

Now look, I’m not one to knock risque style. I’ve been known to toe the hiked-up hemline. But there’s a big fat difference between dressing to feel sexy, and dressing to advertise sex. The latter reduces you to the exposed outlines of your va-jay-jay – there’s nothing empowering about a crotch on display.

We’re a celeb-obsessed nation tied to the laws of monkey-see, monkey-do, so let’s observe the outfits currently inspiring our own. And by ‘outfits’ I mean looks conceived in a dominatrix den.

Oh, they’re all musicians, this is concert garb, they don’t reeeally dress that way everyday, and even if they do, it doesn’t mean we have to mimic them, right? Right – in theory. Unfortunately, the volume of images like these doesn’t just make them impossible to ignore – each time we see one, we grow a little more desensitized. Dressing like a sex worker stops sending the wrong message and starts being badass. We get conned into thinking the road to body confidence and feminine empowerment is paved with our T&A, and start dressing accordingly.

Oh, but celebrities aren’t responsible for messages sent by their wardrobe choices. Horseshit. Maybe Fergie’s rocking her look on stage and Miley’s using hers to bust out of the Disney mold. But Rihanna and Katy’s outfits are accompanied by the words HARD and ONE NIGHT STAND.

So, if I dress to make guys hard and have promiscuous sex, I can be hot and rich and famous too?! I’m totally wearing my garter belt in public!

Sports icons who cheat on their wives often use the I-didn’t-choose-to-be-a-role-model defense. Maybe the girls above didn’t choose to be role models, but if you’re lucky enough to be famous for what you do, you should probs be grateful enough to not royally fuck it up. Dressing like sluts makes these ladies sex objects first and artists second.

You want to be taken seriously as a musician? Stop dressing like a stripper. Rocket science, I know.

The real-life consequences of Slutty Chic extend beyond messages sent and absorbed. The style went mainstream this Spring – see the most popular Prom Dress Trend for 2010.

Trashtaculous.

What happens when we dress like sluts and whores?

It makes it okay for us to be treated like sluts and whores. It makes it okay to view semen as the latest avante garde accessory. It makes it okay for us to be seen as sex dolls first, people second.

Yes, Gaga and Ke$ha are badasses, but their devil-may-care ‘tudes don’t excuse the disgusting evidence above. Slutty chic is a contradiction in terms. There’s nothing classy about a trend that compromises your self-respect.

Ladies, we’ve come a long way since not being able to vote, but we’re not there yet. You want equal pay for equal work? Don’t leave the house for the office without pants.

Comments

  1. Amy says

    I agree with you that slutty chic needs to go, but I can’t get on board with this: “Try saying no to your date in that dress.”

    It’s a classic blame-the-victim line. You’re saying that because a woman is dressed a certain way, it’s her fault if she gets raped–which perpetuates the myth that men can’t control their sexual responses and reinforces the idea that it’s a woman’s responsibility to prevent rape. A woman does not get raped because she is dressed a certain way. She gets raped because somebody decides to rape her. Wearing a revealing dress is not an implicit form of sexual consent.

  2. Allison says

    “Try saying no to your date in that dress.”

    This statement teeters incredibly dangerously on the “she was asking for it” line of excuse for sexual violence. Usually I’m totally on board with you and especially like when you tackle issues of gender inequity, but I’m not thrilled with the turn this post took.

    • cheapjap says

      okay okay OKAY. the one-liner was incredibly misguided and thoughtless. it wasn’t at all what i meant to imply, but it clearly came off that way. majority rules in Cheap JAP land, so i’m axing it from the post. thank you ladies for speaking up, and for keeping my snark in check. i really am sorry if i offended.

  3. Margo says

    Nor am I, frankly. I agree with Allison that while perhaps you did not mean “well, look at how she was dressed- she wanted it” implication, but it did come across that way.

  4. Yeah and says

    Ummm… you know that is not Lady Gaga in that picture right?!? I don’t think ANY guy thinks of Lady Gaga as a slut or a whore… she’s too f*cking bonkers for either.

    If you’re going to call LG a whore without self-respect, then call Madonna a whore without self-respect.

  5. donna says

    I guess I’m in the minority of supporting your now-removed statement. We are not responsible for what others do, but we are for what we do. When I wear Baby Phat, the message is “glamor.” When I wear Chanel it is “classy.” When I wear a dress that barely covers my lady parts it’s “slutty.” Is there any way around that? I am not condoning rape in any way, shape or form, but neither do I condone screaming “I’m a sex worker” with my clothes.

  6. says

    Thank you for posting this. Women of today need to wake up from this sick and misleading delusion that we have our rights and power. The media tells us we must be dumb, plastic and thoughtless on a daily basis; that we must cater to men. But oh, at the same time we are told that we have POWER. Women are still making 75 cents to a man’s dollar, and objectified on a daily basis.

    The most scary part? Females in our society do not even realize that they are oppressed. Nothing can be done unless we work together on this.

    -H

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