Essay on Whore : A Woman 's Image

1367 Words Mar 10th, 2016 6 Pages
“You are such a whore” no one ever wants to be called a whore. To be considered a whore is an insult and is damaging to a woman’s image. The term is thrown about in today’s society whenever one feels threatened by a woman. It is often an attack on ones character based on the way a woman dresses or behaves. Because of the stigma behind the word whore and its reference to the sex industry it is more often than not used as a term to evoke shame.
A whore traditionally is “A woman who prostitutes herself for hire” or “An unchaste or lewd woman; a fornicatress or adulteress. to play the whore(of a woman), to commit fornication or adultery.”( OED…) Whore is more commonly used interchangeably with prostitute. Therefore the word whore holds great power as it is in the definition that it is an “unchaste” or “lewd” both words having negative connotations when applied to a person and implied that one is socially corrupt and impure on the basis of their sexual endeavors.
Whore carries a stigma with it, as they are often not of value socioeconomically speaking. The act of prostitution being a whore’s only means of survival therefore it was not a proud occupation. In fact in Ancient Rome Prostitution was “an activity almost universally associated with slaves or other persons on the bottommost rungs of the social ladder.” (Glancy and Moore 557) A whore essentially is not a term you would want to be associated with. A whore is one who uses sex in exchange for personal gains and therefore…

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