“When I think of the word slut,” wrote Don Reisinger, a student doing accounting and law work in Albany, in an e-mail message, “I think of a woman who has been around the block more times than my dad’s Chevy. I might date a slut, but I certainly wouldn’t marry one.”
Yawn. "I might date a slut, but I certainly wouldn’t marry one.” If I only had a nickel for every time over the years that I have heard a young man smugly make this statement when the issue of the sexual double standard is raised. It never fails to amaze me how oblivious these guys are to how ridiculous they sound. And I never fail to get a kick out of their tone of lordly magnanimity. Gee, Don, we sluts are ever so grateful for your broadmindedness even if you draw the line at marrying us.
Or as Amanda noted:
The NY Times article has a solid display of the double standard as expressed by this slut who’s confident of his future chance at getting a non-slut to lavish her love and selfless sex hatred on his slutty self.
And, by the way, I am not quite as generous as you, Don. I would never date or marry someone who would judge my worth based on how many sexual partners I have had or how soon into a relationship I have sex.