Easy A: Slut Shaming

In Easy A, a female high school student (Olive) becomes labeled a “whore” because of rumors that are started about her having sex with many social outcasts of the school.

First, the film negatively portrays Christianity. As movie viewers, we sympathize with Olive because we know the truth and the motives behind “sleeping” with the social outcasts. However, the Christian club is seen as a ridiculous, socially irrelevant group that denies all sexuality. The film directors could have chosen to portray all students disapproving Olive, but I think it was a conscious choice that they chose an organized religion to ridicule.

Second, the film still maintains that there is the “perfect guy” that can make the ending alright. The guy will understand and portray the romantic ideals that girls want. I was a little disappointed that Olive finds happiness through a guy (especially a character that is pretty absent while Olive is being ostracized and hated).

I think the most provocative point is what Olive makes at the end, when she says “I am going to lose my virginity to him…but the really amazing thing is that it’s nobody’s business”. It is a simple thought yet so overlooked especially in a college atmosphere. I cannot count how many times I have heard rumors about certain female (never male) students being “sluts” for sleeping with multiple guys. Fellow suitemates found a pregnancy test in a shared dorm bathroom, and spread the news to everyone, speculating whose it could be. Yet the state of someone’s sexual activity should be completely his/her own. I think the labels “slut” and “whore” get thrown around way too much, when really the person is just choosing to have multiple partners. The name calling, the negativity, is completely unnecessary on this supposedly liberal campus. Unfortunately, the virgin/whore dichotomy that my MAP project group is discussing is relevant in real life. Females are either expected to be virginal, or are known as whores for being sexually active.

Will it ever be okay for female students to have multiple sexual partners, and is it ever possible to get rid of this shaming of sexually active female students?

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