Soapbox

A Slut by Any Other Name…

I am on Litsy and it’s the best social media out there. When I first arrived (almost a year ago!) I used the handle @SaceReads. Simple enough. Soon after joining I ended up with a new, crowd-sourced handle @RestlessFickleBookSlut (I truly wish I could remember how it all went down. The “slut” part was my own addition.)

Fast forward to yesterday.

A male on Twitter called a SEVEN YEAR OLD actress a “ho” because he didn’t like the sound of her voice. A seven year old…ho. You don’t get to call any female a ho, whore, slut, dry-hole, bitch or anything because you don’t like her. The fact that he was saying this about a seven-year old made me queasy.

But then I started thinking. Why am I even using an iteration of it if I don’t want someone using it against me? So I changed my handle to @RestlessFickleBookHoarder (see what I did there?)

Oh I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking that this PC thing is just crazy and soon we won’t be able to say *anything*. You are welcome to do that. You have that right. Just like I have the right to think about the words I want to use and put out to the universe. I did not say a word to the person making a comment I felt was icky. I just took an action that might not matter a hill of beans to anyone, but I did something and it made me feel better.

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