How This Girl Reclaimed The Word, “Slut” That Left All The Misogynists Confused



For the longest time, the word slut has been used as a term to degrade women.

Misogynists and conservatives would use the word to shame women for their sexuality. It was used to attack women for the way they dress, how they act, and who they’re with.

Rarely would you see men being shamed for the same thing women do, the double standard clear in society. But in recent years, women have begun to reclaim the word and raise awareness amidst this hyper-sexualized culture.

Even then, misogynists continue to use the word and demean women, shaming them for knowing their rights to their body.

Slut-shaming, victim-blaming, and rape culture

Women are fed up with the continuous prejudice against them. Which is why in America, there has been a movement to reclaim the word, “slut.” One of which is the annual Amber Rose SlutWalk, meant to be a safe space to empower and to educate people. A clip from last year’s SlutWalk went viral recently, where a pastor and talk show host, Jesse Lee Peterson, slut-shamed the women he interviewed. But a particular model caught the internet’s eye for giving him answers that shut him down and left him confused.

In the video, Samirah Raheem said: “We are all sluts, you’re a slut, all these dudes behind you are sluts, your cameraman’s a slut, your PA is a slut, and your mic’s a slut.”

When she was asked what makes her a slut, Samirah answered,

“I own my body. My body is not a political playground, it’s not a place for legislation, it’s mine, and it’s my future… aye.”

Jesse then asks how old she is – to which she responds with conviction: “Grown.”

It was evident in the video that she did not let the interviewer use her words against her, which was why if a person doesn’t get the essence of the SlutWalk, it would definitely make them confused.

Jesse proceeds to ask her how many people she has slept with and she tells him she’s a virgin. She continues to explain that a slut is what she makes it.

“A slut is a word for anybody owning their sexuality, turning up, not letting Jesse twist their words.”

Those people on Twitter that understood her message were quick to praise her.

Because of her video getting viral, she has garnered about a hundred thousand more followers on Instagram. She expressed her gratitude through a post:

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“I never thought I’d have a voice like this. I was often ashamed of being opinionated and louder than most. Thank you guys for your overwhelming love & support. There’s no more hiding. Thank y’all for forcing me to step into my unapologetic tongue.”

Do you agree with Samirah Raheem? If you do, then share this post and spread awareness to the world!