Rachel Bilson gets her slutshame on in the latest issue of Lucky Magazine, in which she repeats tired maxims about revealing clothing and slutty, slutty sluts. This is especially funny considering Rachel Bilson has worn quite a few things which would probably not pass her own test.
The actual quote is this:
I guess I’m not too crazy about slutty dresses…[some other boring stuff]…You try something on, and if you feel like a slut, you probably look like one.
This is worthy of censure for two reasons. First, Bilson has a lot of young female fans, and to broadcast the message that being a “slut” is something shameful and wrong is to continue to give that word pernicious power over us. Girls and women should not be judged for their decisions whether or not to have sex, wear sexy clothes, etc., because those things are irrelevant to a person’s brains and character. She could have left it as “it’s not for me,” and that would have been fine, but she didn’t. (To be fair, the interviewer seems to have baited her into it, but unless she was misquoted, she’s the one who said it.)
There, there are these:
It would be bad enough if she were simply wrong, but she’s also a big, fat hypocrite. But maybe we can slutshame-shame her into seeing how problematic this type of language is.