I’ve had intelligent people tell me that women need to accept some responsibility for incidents of sexual harassment at conferences and online because some women “dress like sluts and act like whores” which creates a sexually charged atmosphere that contributes to men harassing or assaulting women, even the ones who don’t act all slutty and whorish. I think you know what I think about that, but today I want to find out what you think about sluts and whores and what those words mean.
Is there a difference, as some have told me there is, between saying a woman “dresses like a slut” and calling her a slut?
Is there a difference between calling a man a whore and calling a woman a whore? Please explain why you think so.
Are women responsible for the sexual behavior of men around them if they dress a certain way? Where does that line get drawn? What does that say about men and their agency as humans?
Why is it that rape and sexual harassment are often mitigated because of the behavior of the victim but murder and robbery usually are not?