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On tonight's "Girl Code," the ladies are talking sluts, sluttiness and all things slutty, a sensitive topic that men and women approach very differently. The term can be used any way from a friendly nickname among sorority sisters ("I love you, slut!") to a pointed insult behind an enemy's back ("That slut's probably given half the school herpes") to a desirable personality trait ("She's the perfect girl, super hot and slutty").
Context is everything. Some women find the word offensive while others find it empowering; they embrace their sexuality and stand up against slut-shaming. But the fact is, women get called sluts for doing things that are totally not slutty! Considering it's 2013, it's time to review a few of them.
1. Wearing Hot Outfits
If a girl wants to go out to a club wearing a washcloth as a tube top, cheers to that! (And cheers to double-sided tape!) The whole "judging a book by its cover" reasoning is way past its expiration date; if you think a nuclear physicist or a human rights lawyer never throws on a low-cut cocktail dress for a night on the town, you better think again.
Women should be able to wear hot outfits--last we checked, guys didn't mind that--without being labeled sluts. And while you're at it, don't discount that buttoned-up librarian; she might be an extremely literate tiger in the sack!
2. Talking To Guys
Sometimes girls will call another girl a "slut" for chatting with dudes at the bar, like the band's lead singer or the bartender...and some dudes will also call her that. Not suffering from social anxiety does not mean she's down to have sex with a whole football team; it might just mean she likes live music and free drinks.