Politically Correct Slut Shaming

Today Joy Behar used her platform on The View to slut shame. Whether she considers the women in his past victims or consensual, she essentially slut shamed. And there is no chance that she will be fired. Of course she has already issued the requisite apology. Twitter has exploded, as Twitter does, but she will be forgiven. She is on the right side of the slut shaming.

 

Yes, I get it. She is a comedienne, and she was joking. But we’re not allowed to joke in America any longer. We’re not allowed to say anything that causes outrage on social media. If we’re going to become a trending topic, then we better make sure we’re on the right side of the trend.

 

So Behar called Bill Clinton’s women bimbos. On The View. She didn’t distinguish between the ones who had consensual sexual relationships and the ones that have accused him of sexual assault. There was no disclaimer that stated that a man in his 40’s, a sitting president, shouldn’t have been inserting cigars in the vagina of a young intern or accepting blowjobs from her. There was also nothing explaining that he perjured himself, as a sitting president, or any mention of him settling a sexual harassment suit. Nope, there was a generalized comment calling them bimbos. Not him. The women involved.

 

Even sadder was the discussion I saw on social media following her joke about those women. People that I know and respect said they’d believe the allegations against Bill when credible women come forward. In case you missed that, CREDIBLE WOMEN. Please let that sink in for a moment.

 

For years there has been a conversation about sexual assault, victim blaming, and the difficulties of bringing rape cases forward. There has been increased understanding regarding victims and the victim shaming and slut shaming that occurs that oven prevents victims from coming forward. And, I believed, we had become more educated when it comes to sexual assault. Someone with a colorful sexual history can be a victim of a sex crime. Someone with multiple partners can still be raped. And what is it that actually makes a victim credible?

 

Joy Behar is a comedienne though her joke was ugly. Her joke had the potential to send victims back under cover, afraid to come out. The comments I saw on social media had the same potential.

 

No victim of sexual assault should have to worry that they are not credible.

 

What does that even mean in terms of sexual assault?

 

Meanwhile the conversation will continue about Donald Trump’s ugly words. Billy Bush has been fired from NBC. As if that settles the problem. And then people who claim to be progressive will talk about the accusations about Bill Clinton and demand credible victims.

 

Joy Behar slut shamed victims today on The View, but she’s not the only one. The American public has been slut shaming for years, even the so-called progressives. Demanding credible victims shows that we still have so far to go. So let’s stop firing people because Twitter demands it and actually have a real conversation about sexual assault and support victims, not because we hate the accused, but because they deserve to be heard.

 

 

 

 

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