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or A Short Study of Slut-Shaming’s Criminal Origins


Throughout history, slut-shaming has been commonly partnered with violence, racism, witch-hunting, and terrorism. And although today those criminal cronies have finally received the social disapproval and penalization that they have long deserved, slut-shaming itself has only grown stronger and more acceptable. Here are a few surprising examples.

(This article is filled with links to corroborative and very interesting/eye-opening articles and books that I highly recommend you take a look at if you’re interested in this topic.)


The Slut-Shaming Mafia
In Europe in the Middle Ages, violent gangs of teenagers known as the Abbeys of Misrule would roam the streets fighting other gangs, intimidating villagers, and, oddly, using bullying tactics to help enforce traditionalist social order. Authorities of the day would tolerate and even sanction their violence, stealing, and terrorizing specifically because they helped keep slutty women in check.

“If a girl (got) a reputation of being rather too easy, then she (would) find something unpleasant left outside her house (by these abbayes de jeunesse) so that the whole village (would know) that she (had) a bad reputation.” (Emeritus Professor Colin Heywood of the University of Nottingham, Childhood in Nineteenth-Century France)

In this, one of the earliest documented examples in the civilized world of systematically-condoned slut-shaming via terrorism, we see adult men looking the other way in extreme cases of juvenile delinquency and organized crime because those same teenage criminals would help them keep women’s vaginas in line.


Jews and Whores
In the 16th century, in French Avignon, the authorities would organize an annual carnival and grant the cities’ students, on carnival days, the freedom to beat up Jews and whores. The students would trade this sadistic privilege for money from warm-hearted townspeople, effectively holding both people of Israeli descent and sexually-liberated women for ransom. I find it ironic that people found it socially acceptable to withhold money to beat a whore but socially inacceptable to pay money to fuck her.

Incidentally, the price set by the government to release a whore from a student beating was one crown per whore (about the equivalent of five sheep).

Also in Avignon during the same time period, both Jews and whores were legally prohibited from touching fruit or bread in public markets. For the French of the 16th century, anti-Semitism and slut-shaming were essentially on the same (highly-esteemed) level.


Pussy Punishing
In the 18th century, animal cruelty was commonly used as a slut-shaming metaphor. Traditionalists would take their anger out on these zoological representations, inflicting barbaric torments on domesticated animals because physically torturing the sexually-liberated women and men was by then incidentally illegal. Cats were some of the most common victims used as effigies.

“In Burgundy, to mock a cuckold, young people would ‘faire la chat,’ -pass a cat around, pulling its fur to make it howl. Germans called charivaris (a socially-coercing slut-shaming ritual performed on umarried couples and other perpetrators of sexual practices considered unnatural) ‘Katzenmusik,’ perhaps because they involved the literal torture of cats, or howling like cats under the windows of newly remarried widows or cuckolds. Celebrations of the summer solstice, so widely linked with lovers, involved in France a horrifying variety of tortures to cats, tying them in bags, suspending them from ropes, setting them on fire and chasing them through the streets, or driving them into the traditional bonfire with a cermonious volley of rifle fire (Darnton 1984, 83-85).

“(One) particular cat massacre that inspired Darnton’s research took place in a print shop in Paris in the 1730s, and consisted of a large cat hunt and massacre by the print shop apprentices. It culminated in the mock trial and assassination of ‘la grise’ (the gray), the favorite cat of the master’s wife. By killing la grise, says Darnton, the workers in effect accused the mistress of being a witch and of sexual infidelity. Continues Darnton: ‘It was metonymic insult…. By assaulting her pet, the workers ravished the mistress symbolically. At the same time, they delivered the supreme insult to their master. His wife was his most precious possession, just as her ‘chatte‘ (double entendre for cat or pussy) was hers.'” (Margaret Rich Greer, Maria de Zayas Tells Baroque Tales of Love and the Cruelty of Men)


Conclusion
These early slut-shaming practices featured an integrated and almost inseparable discriminatory loathing that often drove the participants to outright criminal acts that might today be seen as hate crimes. -Hate crimes against the sociological minority of sexually-liberated men and women.

You might be laughing right now, but why is it such a stretch to classify abuse of promiscuous nonconformists as a hate crime? (hate crime – noun. 1. a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.)

Why is thrashing Jews now illegal but thrashing whores is still fine? (Thrashing I am, of course, using in the metaphorical, modern, tongue-lashing sense rather than these anecdotes’ literal sense.) The mafia has the FBI, and even animals have the ASPCA. In 1913, the Anti-Defamation League was founded to fight anti-Semitism, but there is still no organization that fights for the civil rights of sluts with anywhere near as much political clout. Perhaps it’s time us whores banded together to create an anti-slut-shaming lobbyist group and make illegal the slandering and abuse of sexually-liberated individuals.

Slut-shaming is a hate crime. Let’s do something about it.