If girls were educated about their values, choices and history – they would not be the victims. Our daughters need to be taught that they have more value than what lies between their legs.
Girls Get Called “Slut” Everyday—They Could Be Making Friends Instead
Women’s Media Center
By Jessie Klein | February 28, 2012
Jessie Klein, author of “The Bully Society,” writes that girls need help in building trusting relationships.
Girls get called “slut” every day. My students are so used to getting bullied and harassed they can’t imagine a school without bullying. A student in one of my classes once said, “Get over it.” They look at me like I’m some kind of crazy pollyanna professor when I suggest that it doesn’t have to be that way. The repercussions are growing however, even as students become more resigned.
Social isolation has tripled since the eighties according to the 2004 General Social Survey. Depression occurs at increasingly younger ages; 1 out of 3 high school girls are depressed, and 29 percent of all teenagers. Anxiety is so high among children that psychologist Jean M. Twenge wrote that children considered “normal in the eighties were substantially more anxious than child psychiatric patients in the 1950s!” No wonder children are becoming resigned—their highly disturbing emotional stress is considered “just fine.”
It’s not though. And kids are dying. They are being killed in school shootings and they are committing suicide. Every year we hear about youth who were bullied so badly they took their own life. There is a culture of despair in schools.
Ten-year old Ashlynn Connor, a cheerleader and honor student killed herself in November 2011 in Ridge Farm, Illinois, last November. Her mother said: “They’d call her a slut. ‘Ashlynn’s ugly.’ ‘She’s fat.’”
Alexis Pilkington, 17, of Suffolk County, New York, killed herself in March 2010. She was a popular athlete and incited some jealousy—her Facebook page became littered with personal insults, sexually suggestive comments, and pictures of people killing themselves. The taunts continued after her death. One person wrote: “She was obviously a stupid depressed — who deserved to kill herself. she got what she wanted. be happy for her death. rejoice in it.”
Phoebe Prince, 15, in January 2010, made the mistake of dating a popular senior football player at South Hadley High in Massachusetts. Girls called her “Irish slut” and “whore” on Facebook and Twitter. They didn’t think a freshman immigrant had the right to date a varsity athlete.