And the vagueness and ubiquity of the term “slut” on campus allowed these women to effectively police each other without denying themselves actual sex.
The higher-class women defined “respectable femininity” as a “polite, accommodating, demure style often performed by the white middle class,” what one woman described as “the preppy, classy, good girl.” These were women with “parent-funded credit cards” who wore “expensive MAC-brand purple eye shadow” instead of drugstore brands and—instead of working jobs—“had time to go tanning, get their hair done, do their nails, shop, and keep up with fashion trends.” They set arbitrary rules for party behavior (it’s OK for a woman to wear a short skirt, but only if she doesn’t dance suggestively in it, and that rule is suspended on Halloween).
They found that the groups had different conceptions of what constituted a campus slut, with the low-status women pinning sluttiness on “rich bitches in sororities,” and the high-status women aligning sluttiness with women they perceived as “trashy,” not “classy.” This class-based construction of the campus slut allowed both groups to deflect the stigma of “sluttiness” onto other women and away from themselves, establish hierarchies among social groups, and police everyone’s gender performance—including their own—along the way.
“Real” sluts didn’t even need to exist for the slut system to work: Some campus sluts who came up in conversation were apocryphal constructions, like the sorority sister who supposedly “had sex with a guy in front of everybody” at a Greek event, a woman who “no one actually knew” but of whom everybody had heard.
She called me and the first thing she said to me was Walk of no shame!
Therefore, please do not apply if you cannot meet the minimum requirement of 50 participants.Whenever the female tennis is on, they say oh, my God, the noises those women make, when they play tennis, it makes it sound like they're having sex. Oh, call the police, there is a crime being committed. From my experience, if women were to make the same noises they make during sex while playing tennis, this is what tennis would sound like. Then the college women realized that the researchers weren’t really asking for their opinions about promiscuous women.They were asking for their thoughts about “sluts”—a campus stigma that had almost nothing to do with students’ real sexual experiences, but everything to do with their social class. As the sociologists got to know these women, they watched as they stratified into what they defined as “high status” and “low status” social groups, with high-status women typically emerging from affluent homes around the country and rising through the Greek system, and low-status ones coming from local middle- and working-class backgrounds and coalescing into friend groups boxed out of sorority life.