Hey Girls, Did You Know? Slut-Shaming on the Internet Needs to Stop

40 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014

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Emily Poole

University of San Francisco - School of Law

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Date Written: February 2014


When it comes to sexual expression, females are denied the freedoms enjoyed by males. Even though sexual acts often take both a male and a female, it is the girl that faces society’s judgment when her behavior is made public. The Internet has created a forum for such "slut shaming" to occur on a whole new level. Now when a girl is attacked for her sexuality, her attackers can be spread across the U.S., or even the world. The Internet is an incredible resource for sharing and gaining information, but it is also allowing attacks on female sexuality to flourish.

While slut shaming can and does occur to females of all ages, this Articles focuses on its prevalence among teen and preteen girls, falling under the umbrella of cyberbullying. Because actions and legislation that address cyber slut-shaming can also remedy other types of cyberbullying, the problems and proposed solutions elaborated in this Article can be expanded to include all types of cyberbullying. I chose to focus on one specific and pervasive harm — that caused by sexual shaming — to help bring attention to both the repercussions of cyberbullying and to the broader problem of gender inequality that persists in forums and social networking sites across the Internet.

Keywords: slut-shaming, cyberbullying, intermediary liability

Suggested Citation

Poole, Emily, Hey Girls, Did You Know? Slut-Shaming on the Internet Needs to Stop (February 2014). University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 48, p. 221, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2483433

Emily Poole (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

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