Slut-Shaming – The Last Option For “Comedians”

As this week draws to a close and many sex workers are hanging by their social media applications for news as to whether Amnesty International will finally endorse “decriminalisation”, it is quite easy to be lulled into a false sense of security that society is beginning to progress just that little bit more when it comes to sexuality.

How very wrong we are.

The Video’s Instant Popularity

Just today, the above video in just 16 hours scored 4.1 million views on Facebook alone. 40,500+ people liked the video, thinking that it was simply hilarious. Expand that out to Twitter, YouTube and (ironically given the topic itself) Instagram, and we have a considerable amount of social media having a great old laugh about women who place Instagram photos of themselves.

The Rise of the Selfie

The argument for much laughter on this topic is, on the surface, is quite compelling. Egotism and narcissism has well and truly become recommended personality traits if you want to be a “social media success”. We have Kim Kardashian who has built a solid career out of perfecting the art of “the selfie” and tertiary institutions are considering inventing Bachelor degrees so that the masses can do it just as equally well. Yes, many of us, I am sure, have looked at someone’s twitter account and thought to ourselves “oh, another selfie!” But is it a just cause to unload six-minutes worth of “ha-ha-slapstick-comedy”? NOPE.

What Was Said In This Video?

Onto the video itself…

Here are some quotes for you in case you just simply want to take my word for it that this video is a bunch of vapid disgusting bile of women-hate.

  • “Consider this a State of the Union Address For Hoes Of the Internet”
  • “Hoes as far as the eye can see. Insta-whores, Facebook cunts….”
  • “There’s a lot of ‘do nothing bitches’ running the internet right now and I am not cool with it.”
  • “You poked holes in the condom you psycho bitch.”
  • “YOU ARE GIVING YOURSELF AN EXPIRY DATE”
  • “The difference between you and the porn girls is that they are getting paid.”
  • “You’re just all addicted to fake attention.”
  • “It doesn’t feel good to have gross men say nice things to you.”
  • “Its not modeling when you are modeling your own titties.”
  • “You have zero value to potential advertisers.”
  • “You were born for more than just banging millionaires.”

Yep. Hilarious.

What’s the Problem Here?

Its cold hard slut-shaming served up as comedy.

A brazen attempt at being comedy it may be, but its also one very attractive woman asking other attractive women to get back in their boxes and “do sexuality the right way”. She mocks women for their promiscuity (cue moral outrage that is bound to attract instant likes), and throws in the usual jokes that come with that – women are money-hungry, women are attention-seekers, and not to mention the fact that in doing all of this, uses offensive sex-worker terms such as “whores” and “hoes”.

Its a mixed up display of faux-feminism. One minute she is asking for women to maximise their value by bargaining for better pay when it comes to selling sexuality, she is telling women who can’t cut it as “real models” that they are putting TOO much worth on themselves by asking for *gasp* society to appreciate their attractiveness.

All the while, she is putting the side boot into women who may not necessarily want to get paid for doing what they are doing. They may just simply be wanting to celebrate their sexuality.

It’s not funny at all. It’s judgmental. Furthermore, without getting too academic (because its Friday night), its straight out internalised sexism. It’s women hating other women because they are just “not doing the woman thing quite right”.

What Will Happen To This Video?

My hope is that it disappears fast into the vast galaxy that is your internet history browser.

It won’t however because it is being deemed at someone finally coming out and saving the “real model industry”.

It is going to continue to be shared amongst young women who want to throw shade at their fellow females who, like many women, at the end of the day just want to feel good about themselves.

The message is simply this. How a woman chooses to “feel good about herself” is the choice of that woman and that woman alone.

Its called agency.

Stop the slut-shaming. Stop thinking this is comedy. Start thinking about how hurtful this kind of message is.

KVA

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