“Slut” is not gender neutral. It is always used to describe a woman’s level of promiscuity. If we were in the 13th century, and someone hissed “harlot,” all it that would basically convey is, “Hey, there goes that horny kitchen maid.” The modern term, however, has more emotional gravity. “Slut” means a woman who really enjoys multiple sexual encounters, a prostitute, or someone with low standards of cleanliness. That’s probably why the word “dirty” often precedes the word.

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