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A Cultural History of Feminine Nouns Turned Into Insults

‘Slut’ and ‘hussy’ used to have tame meanings. Then, like so many other feminine nouns, they came to mean ‘prostitute’

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If you want to insult a woman, call her a prostitute. If you want to insult a man, call him a woman.




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Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell

Los Angeles writer / Author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism & Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

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