I think that this recent post at New York Magazine‘s blog, The Cut, was an attempt to point out the sexism inherent in an Italian town’s decision to ban very short skirts and tops that show excessive cleavage. Unfortunately, in making that point, the site decided to call the banned outfits “slutty:”
Umm…yeah. So here’s the thing, and I don’t mind repeating this as much as is necessary. The word slutty is sexist. The word slut is sexist, too. And also mean, offensive, rude, and insulting. Granted, the ruling is also sexist, inappropriate, and should be out of the jurisdiction of the law, among other things. But calling women who dress in short skirts slutty is in direct contradiction with what I think is an attempt at calling out sexism…which is hypocritical. And now I’m a dictionary.