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Slut Shaming: A 13-Year-Old Girl Explains It All To You

Kids today.

If they’re not demanding to wear provocative, age-inappropriate clothing without recrimination, they’re posting preternaturally articulate vlogs about a woman’s right to wear provocative clothing without recrimination. The thirteen-year-old girl at left celebrated her two year anniversary on YouTube (!) by taking on the topic, explaining why calling a woman a “slut” is just plain WRONG.

Our young heroine barely seems to have reached puberty. But she is clearly doing some very advanced feminist reading, and it’s quite impressive to hear these ideas distilled down to a teenage level (or at least framed in teen cuteness). I loved getting a  glimpse of how a girl growing up in this deeply sexualized culture processes how she might be seen by others. The ever-increasing expectation for girls to look hot and sexy (at younger and younger ages) is disturbing in itself. But the blaming of women who are victims of sex crimes in the face of the dominant aesthetic is truly gross. The past year has seen a few really horrendous examples,  some involving very young girls. It’s also created a groundswell of resistance, including Slut Walks and other protests. It’s pretty excellent to hear these powerful words coming out of the mouth of a girl who has barely begun to explore her own sexuality. If all girls could go into adolescence armed with this much awareness and confidence, we’d be looking at a very different kind of future.

See her video after the jump. Almost 200,00 people have checked it out so far.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXH2K7OC37s[/youtube]

 

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