Lecture Seven: The Slut/The Stud
October 26, 2011
The process by which the set of values or beliefs that bind individuals become
Beliefs and values are not natural or inherent.
- They come out of a cultural history
Ideologies tend to hide or mask the actual history that the values and beliefs
come out of.
The Good Whore/The Bad Whore
For many women, it is an economic reality that they must resort to prostitution in
order to make money. There are two different types: the good whore and the bad
The “Good” Whore - seen as perhaps a smart girl who has made wrong
choices, or who is trying to pay their way through school ect. This type of whore
usually white, hypersexualized, and higher class (such as a high paid escort or
The “Bad” Whore - seen as a women of which there is something wrong with,
and this is her only way to make money. Usually of lower class, and of an ethnic
Where Does the Sale of Sex Become Prostitution?
Prostitution is the selling of sex and one’s body in order to make money. By this
definition, there are many people in different industries who may be considered
to be “prostitutes”
In the entertainment industry, artists pose naked or use their bodies to sell
artwork, albums, magazine covers ect.
- When does this become prostitution?
Also, women who pose for Playboy or other magazines/publications where they
are naked are essentially selling their bodies as well.
- Does this count as prostitution? The “Slut” Label
A slut is typically known to refer to a female who has had sex with many different
- It was determined that other girls, many of which have never even had sex were
- Poor girls, girls who dress a certain way, girls who have been sexually abused,
girls who have developed early ect
It was found that girls who were labelled this often would become sexually
promiscuous and essentially live up to the label, even if they had not been this
way before. It is easier to fit the reputation than fight it.
Hegemony - an explanation of how ideologies get digested and lived by masses