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Slut shaming refers to deliberate efforts to discredit people by associating them with sexual deviancy, especially sexual immodesty and promiscuity. Victims of slut shaming, who are disproportionately girls and women, may attain a poor reputation, experience social isolation and a loss of social status, as well as feel negative, painful emotions such as embarrassment, humiliation, regret, and sadness. This entry introduces the concept of slut shaming and pays specific attention to how slut shaming differently affects women and men, as well as adolescents of both genders.

Defining Slut Shaming

As a form of social stigma, slut shaming involves creating categories of sexual normalcy and deviancy. Shaming marks victims as different, as of a lower status, and as deserving of disrespect and mistreatment. Slut shaming attaches negative ...

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