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Fan-Made Supercut Of All The Times People Slut-Shamed Teenage Britney Spears On TV Is Very Telling

ByHasan

Oct 17, 2020
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Slut-shaming as a means to control women has been only recently exposed as problematic—in decades before it was the norm to judge a woman publicly based on her perceived sexual activities.

While boys were encouraged to “sow their wild oats” as early and as often as possible and to enjoy sex, good girls were expected to engage in sex only with their husband and only as a duty to fulfill his needs.

Women who engaged in sex outside of marriage, appeared too sexy or enjoyed sex—even with their husbands—were considered “sluts.” Most of society in the United States evolved beyond that antiquated view of women as Madonna’s (virginal) or whores (unashamed of their sexuality), but not everyone.

Britney Spears herself was no stranger to this double standard. As an 18-year-old she faced plenty of comments, not only online, but to her face on TV.

And we have the receipts.

So many people, from Eminem to Carson Daly, from Diane Sawyer to Avril Lavigne, had disparaging things to say about Britney.

People said she was a bad example for children, asked her what her parents thought of her “nasty behavior” and other extremely inappropriate questions one would (hopefully) get absolutely torn apart on Twitter for asking today.

Britney, who was just barely an adult at the time, barely flinched as celebrities and interviewers hurled extremely triggering words at her.

The video begins:

“Britney was a major target at a time when puritanical values were mainstream.” 

“Because Britney challenged these values, stars that came after her could dress seductively and own their sexuality without being questioned.”

The slut-shaming of Britney Spears has not ended.  Though our conversations in the public eye have evolved since the 90s and early 2000s, we must continue to be conscious of how we talk about women.


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