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#ShirtlessShamers2016 Calls Out Slut-Shamers and Double Standards

Resham Parikh
January 25, 2016 4:33 PM

As it turns out, women are slut-shamed for showing skin online by men who do exactly the same thing. @CardsAgstHrsmt (AKA Lindsey), a Minneapolis-based activist and founder of  “Cards Against Harassment,” dug a little deeper into slut-shaming social media comments from male users (like “Nobody wants to wife up some bitch that’s posting half naked pics online. Let’s be real.”). What she found: the men behind the posts weren’t exactly ones for modesty.


While the men harassed women for showing too much skin, they posted ‘seductive’ pictures of themselves without their shirts on – adding captions like “Naked and I don’t currr.”

On top of that, the men had ‘likes’ lists overflowing with porn gifs and naked women. “Their problem isn’t actually with nudity or sexuality, but with women and girls celebrating their bodies or sexuality on their own terms,” said Lindsey in an interview with Huffington Post.

Confronting the double standards these men enforce on women, Lindsey stitched together screenshots of slut-shaming posts with the half-naked and sexually suggestive photos of their male owners and tweeted them out with the hashtag #shirtlessshamers2016. She plans to post one per day, until she reaches 365 tweets.

“Double standards about clothing and nudity fit into the bigger picture of gender equality and sexual violence,” she says. “The prevailing misogynist 'wisdom' is that if women 'dress appropriately' they get respect and if they dress 'inappropriately' they 'invite' whatever disdain, disrespect, or violence they get.” This is the same excuse used men use for rape (“she must have been asking for it”) and domestic violence. Violating women verbally, physically and virtually to make them feel ashamed is a control tactic – the same control tactic used by abusive partners in real life.

“Attitudes and behavior on social media are [not] divorced from real life attitudes and behavior,” Lindsey says. And why would it? If a man would readily tweet something like, “my daughter come home wit a face full of makeup and her nipples pierced Ima beat her ass once for every product she got on,” to the public, there’s probably plenty more that he’s actually willing to do behind closed doors

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