Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality and a Sex-Negative Culture

Carol Queen, Emily Lindin, Hernando Chaves #cconslut CatalystCon West - 2014

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  1. Slut: “a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.” – The Ethical Slut


    Sexual shame can be present in our homes, schools, families, in our hearts, and within our culture. Most of us grow up unaware of the societal messages that encourage us to shame sexual expression and develop perspectives that fuel judgments, misogynistic mindsets, double standards, violence, and various types of privilege. From middle school suicides to banks refusing service to adult industry performers, the repercussions of a slut shaming culture are all around us.


    What is slut shaming? What factors and social constructs foster the perception that the right to sexual freedom and pleasure can be held against a person? What impact does slut shaming have on individuals, relationships, and society? What can we do about challenging the dominant discourse that creates harmful negative messages? How can we begin to plant the seeds of sex positive change?


    In this session, we will look at the underlying dynamics associated with slut shaming, challenge the paradigms that support a slut shaming culture, and continue the much needed conversation towards challenging the assumption that those who think, feel or express their sexual identity should be targets of shame, guilt, violence, or inequality.

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