Policy Mic- Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the guys at BarstoolU proved you wrong. Primarily focused on social networking site activity and college reputations in general, this article is slut shaming at its finest and being the little gem that it is, it’s directly aimed at the target age group who usually suffer from slut shaming — college-aged women. Almost every college student is aware of the hook-up culture seen on most campuses. Casual, sexual encounters without the pressure of a relationship makes it easy for many people to explore different types of relationships without the stress of commitment. This allows both parties to have their cake and eat it too. Without the stress that many relationships may cause, students are able to figure out their own lives and careers while getting the perks of a relationship that is stress-free. This is perfectly acceptable when in the context of consent. That being said, there is an expectation of women in this culture where the same doesn’t exist for men. Students know that when going out to a bar or party on campus, women are expected to wear tight fitting clothing as they wobble on sky-high heels over to the keg.
Recently, the Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study found that 13.7% of undergraduate women had been victims of at least one completed act of sexual assault since entering college. The same study also found that many assaults take place at college fraternity parties, and almost always involve alcohol.The CSA Study also found that 56.9% of undergraduate women surveyed had been humiliated or threatened by a dating partner, while 27.6% were physically hurt by a dating partner. The findings also concluded that only 15% of sexual assault victims had reported the crime to campus police. Everything found in BarstoolU’s work of journalism perpetuates these violent acts against women, and creates a culture of slut shaming acceptance. Slut shaming makes all of this OK. Articles such as the one on BarstoolU bring what happens behind closed doors to the spotlight and put it on display for everyone. What’s worse? All the comments that agree with Barstool’s theory of the Top 10 Sluttiest Colleges in America.
I don’t know what offends me more: The insinuation that the article somehow promotes rape and violence against women or her calling it a “work of journalism.” There’s certainly been no shortage of columns yelling at Barstool for advancing a sexist and misogynistic agenda, but I don’t know if I’ve ever read one that failed to make a point as spectacularly as this one.
Let me get this straight: She acknowledges that there is a hook-up culture on college campuses. She states it is mutually beneficial for men and women. She admits there are girls (and guys) that are happy to go out and bang without any commitment. But as far as I can tell those are the only things in this article that makes any sense. Anyone who thinks keggers are inhabited by girls in short shirts and high heels has obviously never stepped foot in a college party. There’s only an “expectation” for girls to dress up is the one that Gabi chooses to project onto society for the sake of her argument, and she only does because the truth is a lot less convenient than reality- that people pick how they dress depending on what they want to wear. Regardless of your genitals, people looking to fuck are going to try to look good. That’s not a societal expectation, that’s how life works. You think I want to wear a button down to a bar when I have basketball shorts and a t-shirt? Fuck no. But I have to have certain priorities.
And of course, what would any KO Barstool article be without the arbitrary quoting of sexual assault statistics. I’ve read this article a good 10 times and as far as I can tell there is literally no reason they were included except to remind people that rape is still a thing and it’s still bad. No shit Gabi. If you can show me anything in the article that specifically “perpetuates these violent acts against women, and creates a culture of slut shaming acceptance” I’ll take back everything I said and take make a full apology. But this is what people don’t get. We’re not “slut shaming” or promoting “rape culture” or whatever other buzzword is hot this week. There’s girls out there that like to go out, party and get laid. Some girls don’t and that’s fine, and some schools have more of these than others. We’re not using the word “slut” because it has a negative connotation, we use it because there’s a universal understanding of its meaning. It’s only a negative word if you want it to be. If anything, we’re really the progressive ones for being the ones to tell these girls to keep doing what they want to do without judging them for it.
The worst part is it doesn’t matter what I say. This girl will read this blog and think the fact that people are pointing out how stupid she sounds somehow equates to her being right (oh wait she did that already). It doesn’t matter how many flaws in her logic are pointed out- she’ll stay in her little bubble circlejerking with all of her uber-progressive friends about how they can’t believe the world they live in is so full of ignorance and writing more rambling drivel like the article above. It’s almost pointless to fight back. I’m convinced at this point feminists have a Google Alert for the word “slut” and template for why it’s bad that they use every time a new article mentioning the word comes out. I mean why bother actually reading the article when you can assume everything from the title? Life is so much easier that way.