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Slut: a history of the Slur

Slut: a history of the Slur

Today we will be discussing the origin of the term Slut: a history of the Slur its origins and evolutions. Today we know women are Sexually Liberated and Unconstrained Towards Sex, but how were "promiscuous" women seen in the past?
Where did the word come from and what did it mean? What does it mean now, and who can say it?
     I’m not discussing today the specificities of perceiving someone as a slut, but rather the title itself. The first recorded use of the word was in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. He used the word to describe a male's messy appearance as sluttish in 1386. It is believed this is linked to the medieval insult of calling a man feminine and praising women for being “mannish.” However, the majority of later uses of the word are in reference to a woman. The word slut also had parallel meanings alongside its main definition that we will discuss below. It was used to refer to a kitchen maid from 1450 up until the 18th century when hard knots of dough in bread was often called “sluts pennies” 
     
The word has always had a gendered history, being defined in 1402, ‘slutte’ was ‘a dirty, slovenly or messy woman’.  The modern understanding of slut as sexually promiscuous dates to 1450 as the word became more common in the English language. Around this time in Norway, the word “Slutr”  was a term for impure liquor which also took a similar form to slut. During these times the word was extended to include a prostitute, harlot and immoral women. This pushed the view that sexually active women were ‘dirty.” One thing was common, unsuitable women or women who denied their social roles and reproductive rights in their quest for sexual adventure were viewed as dirty, improper and at times even harmful to society. 

A shift in the terms of word
     In 1664 Samuel Pepsy wrote in his diary that their servant was an “admirable slut” who “pleases us mightily, doing more service than both the others and deserves wages better.” However, it was also at the same time used as a derogatory term. The words “Slut” and “Sluttishness” both appear in Shakespeare’s comedy “As you like it” in 1599. This is considered to be a time period when the meaning of the word was shifting from just dirty, or a female servant to its modern meaning for females encapsulating all insults from the bitch to sexually active whore and flirt. The term slut is used exclusively in popular culture to describe women, with an exact male equivalent of the word not existing - often men are referred to as man sluts or man whores, and even then they are praised for their sexuality and amount of lock their key fits in unlike women who are less pure with every key they let in their lock. 
     
In modern times, and in my lifetime at least, i have seen the word transition from an insult to praise. Women can tell other women that they are being a slut in a form of support for their sexual activity and enjoyment. However, this is a very thin line to tread and at any point, they can be described as a slut in a negative manner when the discussion or accusations are too frequent. Unsurprisingly gays can get away with calling women sluts as praise, as can significant others as a turn on, but a random man is not allowed to comment on your sexuality and therefore I’d advise not using the word with strangers.

Gendered Terms
     We really need to consider some of the language we use in regards to our bodies, egos and sexualities. While we call women sluts, we also call men, pussies, sissys or whipped when showing off their feminine or emotional sides. This sort of gendered insult inhibits us from enjoying ourselves to our full range of emotions and sexuality. Creating walls of what is acceptable and what is manly or appropriate behaviour for females.

Lexi, XX

Tags: history, hysterical, slut

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