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That is: thinking about (shouldering all the) responsibility, (having none of the) credibility and being seen as an evil set of body parts, not a full, fallible person. You know, the usual.

“Sure. Well, I think that slut and other words that are traditionally considered slurs are very, very powerful because they’re used to dismantle the credibility of victims. And using a victim’s perceived sexuality, whether that is pointing to perhaps their sexual history, the way that they’re attired isn’t the only way that that happens, but it’s a very common one and that resonates strongly with women.

And so I think that language, for example, using the word slut is a really finite way to talk about the very complicated myths that surround sexual violence and victim blaming and to begin taking them apart.

And more on rape culture!

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