In One Tweet, This Woman Exposes The Cruel Irony In Slut Shaming

Can a woman post a photo of her new headphones without being sexualized, please and thank you?

Slut shaming and victim blaming is rooted in our culture's tendency to over-sexualize women and subsequently fault them for it. But the idea that a woman was "asking for it" because of the way she dresses is absurd — not to mention the many personal tales of harassment and violence towards modestly-dressed women that debunk this delusion. 

One Twitter user, @catttttt___, recently proved (again) how ridiculous the idea that men only "send weird messages" to women who post "slutty pictures" online is. In one tweet, she succinctly put to rest that argument.

Her tweet has been shared more than 31,000 times, and many women and men have responded just as sarcastically. 

Gender inequality starts young, perhaps first when parents and teachers caution a girl against dressing or acting too provocatively. Being "slutty," they are told, is what causes boys to react a certain way. In puberty and beyond, the assertion that the everyday choices of girls are responsible for the inappropriate decisions of boys promotes victim blaming in instances of sexual assault and rape.

When even audio equipment can be grounds for sexual provocation, it's about time we start changing the way we see this issue. 

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(H/T: Buzzfeed)