On a recent episode of The View, hosts E.D. Hill, Whoopi Goldberg, and others discussed the high school hazing practice by which senior girls create a "slut list" of incoming freshmen for the first day of school.
(This story reminds me of our recent discussion about the long-held tradition of jelly bracelet snap games that created a lot of buzz—with some moms claiming that this is an urban legend and others claiming it to be true.)
What is particularly interesting (or frustrating?) about this particular tradition is that many freshmen girls want to be on the list. In this case, the word "slut" does not necessarily denote that a girl has had multiple sexual partners. Rather, as Whoopi points out, to the younger generation, being called a slut "is no big deal." Rather, it's the cool thing to do.
I think it's similar to here on CafeMom, when some women use the words "slut" or "b*tch" or "ho" in a playful manner. Sure, it's all in good fun, but does it change things when we are talking about our daughters?
Does your daughter's school have any hazing traditions? How would you feel if your daughter was on the "slut list?"