Slut Shaming, Sanctimommies and Hope for the Next Generation
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Slut Shaming, Sanctimommies and Hope for the Next Generation

By Courtney Enlow | Think Pieces | September 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last week, a hateful harpy of a judgmental shrew penned an open letter to the terrible female children throwing their young bodies at her pure, innocent sons. This was gravely upsetting for countless reasons, ranging from her unaware, unironic inclusion of photos featuring her sons flexing in swim trunks in the midst of a diatribe about girls posting pictures of themselves half-clothed, to photographing her sons ostensibly laughing at the photos of these girls, which would be a deeply humiliating experience for anyone of any age to see, to alerting these young teen females that they have been BLOCKED (dun dun dun!) from her family’s computer screens for reasons of harlotry. Unspoken but implied, they may pick up their red ‘A’ patches on the way out.

I haven’t really commented on this myself. Not because I don’t have an opinion in the matter, because TAH-RUST ME, I do, but because things like this are so deeply rage-inducing that I’m rendered speechless. Not only is this woman calling out all teen girls for being unrepentant temptresses attempting to lead her totally innocent teenage boys who are in high school (so she’s a naïve imbecile on top of a sanctimonious Xanthippe), but she is directly stating that she, as a parent, is teaching her children that some women are not worthy of respect, that by exposing a certain amount of skin, that by making certain faces, that by coming of age as a teenage girl in a time of social media, they are bad people who deserve to be blocked from the minds of the COMPLETELY BLAMELESS AND UNACCOUNTABLE teenage boys, and even publicly ridiculed.

Again, she included photos of her sons LAUGHING at photos of these girls. Think back on when you were a teenager, just figuring out that you want to be admired, that you want people to be attracted to you, and imagine that you saw people you go to school with laughing at a picture of you, at a time in your life when you so want peer approval. Sickening. I hope the mothers of those bad, naughty girls teach their kids to run, RUN, from the sons of that wretch of a mother, because if her lesson plan has worked, they will grow up to be the worst kind of misogynist assholes.

And, just when I’ve lost a chunk of faith in humanity, I gain it back and then some.

Remember the 14-year-old girl whose amazing protest poster went viral? Her name is Tuesday Cain. She’s a gem of a human being. And her response is better than any I could come up with. Because, sure, I used to be a teenage girl. I have a child who will grow up to be a teenage girl. But, Tuesday is a teenage girl, right now. And she and all other teenage girls deserve a first right of response to this most un-Christian woman.

I encourage you to read the whole piece in its entirety. It will give you fluffy cloud feelings. But here’s my favorite part:

The bodies of young girls are not dangerous.

But you know what is? Teaching young women they should be ashamed of their bodies.

Thank you, Tuesday. You give me hope.





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