Thought Catalog
August 5, 2015

50 Men And Women On What The Word ‘Slut’ Means To Them

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“Slut (n.): a slovenly woman,” according to Merriam-Webster. I asked 50 real people for their own definition.
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1. “A woman who scares the shit out of boys.”

— Larkin, 22


2. “A slut is a person, male or female, who has sex for the wrong reasons.”

— Effie, 18


3. “A slut is something I wish I was.”

— Farah, 23


4. “A word some burnt dude came up with when the girl he liked wouldn’t fuck him.”

— Carla, 25


5. “A woman who thinks her vagina is her only avenue to happiness.”

— Bryson, 22


6. “Slut = Female Playa.”

— Arlo, 20


7. “A word I emptily use to insult a girl when I secretly just think she’s hotter and better-dressed then me and/or is someone I wish I were talking to.”

— Isa, 19


8. “A woman who doesn’t fear her own sexuality.”

— Kaia, 25


9. “‘Slut?’ You mean magnificent love-angel generous enough to let you touch her wings?”

— Aamir, 27


10. “A word that does and should exist to describe women who actively seek casual sex.”

— Kinsley, 18


11. “Someone who doesn’t know their worth.”

— Flynn, 23


12. “A word used by girls and boys with hateful insecurities to shame people. A word used by women who love women to praise each other.”

— Tanya, 21


13. “A term used in the gay community to showcase chastising endearment and sexual liberation.”

— Randall, 24


14. “Someone who treats sex with a stereotypically masculine attitude.”

— Paloma, 19


15. “A woman who just wants to live.”

— Fariz, 21


16. “A woman whose unconfined sexuality threatens the order of our hetero-patriarchal society.”

— Oda, 20


17. “A slut is every girl who’s ever deaded you.”

— Clayton, 19


18. “To me, it feels like a word that’s used to shame girls for acting on their desires.”

— Lloyd, 24


19. “The word ‘slut’ is society’s exclamation of fear and loathing when a woman steps a toe over the line of staying in her place as a virginal, one-man girl.”

— Ramsey, 22


20. “A person who cries a lot at night.”

— Shea, 25


21. “A slut is something thirsty boys call me when they’re mad I won’t sleep with them.”

— Yani, 21


22. “A girl whose self-worth is measured exclusively by her sexual currency.”

— Ariana, 23


23. “A slut is a woman people need a reason to hate.”

— Lamar, 20


24. “A slut is a woman whom society deems unclean.”

— Teegan, 28


25. “The kind of woman you don’t need to wine and dine.”

— Julien, 26


26. “The kind of woman I intend to marry.”

— Eddie, 24


27. “The kind of woman I want to love.”

— Willa, 19


28. “A girl who sleeps around a lot and is easy.”

— Ann, 22


29. “A slut is a woman with the gall the suggest that she has the same rights to her body as any man does his.”

— Rahim, 23


30. “A boss ass bitch who fucks whom she likes, when she likes.”

— Naya, 20


31. “A slut is a woman who enjoys sex for herself/for the sake of sex.”

— Kelly, 26


32. “My ex-boyfriend.”

— Priya, 24


33. “A slut is a woman with the moral compass of a man.”

— Clint, 27


34. “Slut = woman who fucks as much as a guy does.”

— Amani, 20


35. “To be a ‘slut’ just means to be utterly confused, self-conscious, and lonely. I was a ‘slut’ in high school, though, so that’s potentially an interesting perspective for me to have.”

— Lili, 22


36. “A woman who’s lost control over her sexual impulses.”

— Jayden, 24


37. “A slut is somebody who sleeps with everyone and everything because she needs that kind of constant attention to feel good about herself.”

— Mireya, 21


38. “Me. And my friends. Because we love sluts.”

— Emerson, 22


39. “A sad person who can’t be stimulated by anything but sex.”

— Cody, 23


40. “A slut is the kind of person whose company I most enjoy.”

— Duval, 25


41. “A slut is a person who doesn’t respect the sanctity of sex.”

— Malika, 19


42. “A woman who knows she has the freedom to explore her likes and dislikes.”

— Salma, 27


43. “A slut is woman everybody loves to hate.”

— Saim, 24


44. “When you use or display your body in a way that’s less than virginal, you are slut.”

— Hartley, 22


45. “A woman who doesn’t give two shits that you don’t like her.”

— Sada, 20


46. “Someone who over-advertises their sexuality.”

— Jewel, 21


47. “A slut is a someone who needs an STD test.”

— Peter, 29


48. “A slut is what I call myself when I do slutty things—when I act ‘dirty’ or lower my standards. Most girls are sluts, I think—some are just dirtier than others.”

— Mavis, 20


49. “A word I’ll teach my children to use only as congratulations.”

— Nimah, 25


50. “The word ‘slut’ is just a tool used by society to control women. E.g. ‘She didn’t text me back, therefore, she is a slut.’”

— Carlos, 22