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SLUT POWER - We like to think that we live in a liberal, permissive society – that, if anything, the problem is that there is too much sex about. This is a cruel delusion. We live in a culture that is deeply confused about its erotic impulses; it bombards us with images of airbrushed models and celebrities writhing in a sterile haze of anhedonia while abstinence is preached at the heart of government.
If I could take a red pen and annotate the world, I would scrawl ‚slut power‘ in letters too big to ignore.
For over a century, ‚slut‘ has been a word of censure. It has been used to hurt people and make them ashamed. The word ‚slut‘ has been used to control women and girls, queer people and poor people by making them feel ashamed of what they are and what they want. It keeps them in their place by telling them that wanting more than what they’re allowed is shameful, wether that’s a kiss from a stranger, a new world order or an extra slice of cake. ‚Slut‘ tells us that our bodies are there to be kept in line. ‚Slut‘ tells us that being hungry and horny and human is a bad thing, that we should control ourselves before someone else does it for us. Slut is a word and an idea that desperately needs to be taken back.
Slut power means speaking up. It means standing your ground when those around you are attacked for wanting too much, demanding fair treatment, for taking up too much space. Woman who are political are stereotyped as ugly, slutty and masculine because that’s still the worst thing you can say to a woman who frightens you.
Being a slut doesn’t have to mean fucking around, or fucking at all. It just means refusing to see desire as dirty. It means abandoning the pursuit of patriarchal approval as far as you can. Taking away its power to cut you down and shut you up.
Excerpt from „Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution“ by @lauriepenny , on the rooftop with @rouse.renoir Renoir
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