Time To End Slut Shaming: Starting With this Meme

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"Slut shaming" is a blaming method that many use to minimize a victim of sexual harassment/assault/rape. This is a tactic that will take someone's known (or imagined) promiscuity to discredit their person as a victim. Worse yet, this practice goes much, much further. The act of slut shaming has gone to a point where now, it is being used to attack FLOTUS in her position being Donald Trump's wife. The following meme has been shared by quite a few on the left, and even more in the centrist category, and this meme is going to be the topic of this blog:

 

Melania Trump Slut Shaming Meme

 

This image, is a clear-cut example of slut shaming. Melania is comfortable in her skin, and can wear what she chooses, just as any other woman in our country is free to. She is Trump's wife, yes, and there are many, much more legitimate reasons to call her out publicly. Images like these are not one of those reasons. Images like these do nothing more than show women that they should be ashamed of their bodies, and strive to not be too outwardly sexual, lest they be labeled a 'slut'. This is more than an attack on Melania, images like these are damaging to many women who have been victims, and had things like this used against them to discredit them as victims. This image is oppressive to the cause of outing sexual misconduct in all its forms, and we should be calling this out to those posting this meme. 

 

We need to realize that all people should have their own bodily autonomy and if we don't like the way someone represents themselves, then we should listen to what their message is.