`` Good Girls ' : Gender, Social Class, And Slut Discourse On Campus

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Elizabeth A. Armstrong and associates’ journal article ‘Good Girls’: Gender, Social Class, and Slut Discourse on Campus” admits that the United States’ patriarchal society controls slut shaming, basing it on a sexual double standard: it is okay for men to have sex without significant attachment, while women can only have sex with it (more specifically in relationships). Armstrong believes the picture is more complicated, and wants to go in-depth with women’s participation in slut-shaming. Even more so, she believes that class-moral boundaries play a role and directly relate to women’s participation. Armstrong uses three approaches to explain women’s participation in slut-shaming: a social psychology stigma approach, a discursive approach, and a cultural approach. A social psychology stigma approach focuses on defensive othering, where women’s goal is to distance themselves from the sexual stigma of slut-shaming. Defensive othering is deflecting stigma onto others and is not very successful, as Armstrong states “those engaged in defensive othering do not escape from stigma”. In fact, defensive othering is instilled in all women and therefore no group of women is characterized by sluttiness consistently. This approach does not explain fully enough the discourse of slutshaming, and Armstrong employs a discursive approach. A discursive approach, instead, proposes that labeling dictates how women act to each other. This approach is interested in the perception of women by…

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