The Rise of the Professional Slut

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke   10/10/14
“There was a time when you knew who the bad girls were,” someone close to me once said. “Now you know who the good girls are.” And I hear that all three of them are beside themselves over today’s state of affairs.

“Lena Dunham: I Was Raped By a ‘Campus Republican,’” the headline reads, introducing the “Girls” star’s story about an alleged sexual assault at the hands of a “mustachioed” conservative undergrad while a student at Ohio’s Oberlin College nearly a decade ago. It’s perhaps a fanciful story, the kind you might expect to read in the National Enquirer or The Sun right after “I Was Impregnated by a Space Alien” and “Loch Ness Monster Found Living in Central Park Lake.” I mean, really, are we supposed to believe this?

That there was a Republican at Oberlin College?

In brief, Dunham says that one day when she was 19 and drunk and high as a kite on Xanax and cocaine, she entered a state of undress to relieve herself in a parking lot right in front her GOP friend. He then, to put it delicately, makes aggressive physical sexual overtures, after which she takes him back to her apartment; at this point, “in an attempt to convince herself that she’d given consent — [she] talks dirty to him as he forces himself on her,” she writes in her newly released memoir, penned at the ripe old age of 27 (of course, she does possess more of a certain kind of experience than any five women three times her age).

Oh, there’s more to the story: when Dunham’s roommate characterized the incident as rape the next day, Dunham laughed. Years later, she pitched a version of the story to her “Girls” collaborators and still didn’t call it rape, though her co-writers would. And now they have her convinced. But, come on, isn’t there something wrong with Dunham’s story?

I mean, I still don’t believe there are Republicans at Oberlin.

Whatever people think about the alleged incident, and whatever the truth is, anything involving Dunham and sex will only enhance her brand and promote her career — as a professional slut.

Yes, that’s what she is. And, yes, I know radio host Rush Limbaugh had mucho problemos because he called Sandra Fluke the s-word. And Limbaugh was wrong to sloppily label her a slut.

Fluke is a professional, too.

Understand what a professional slut is. The designation doesn’t denote anything definitive about nocturnal inter-sheet acrobatics, though professional sluts often do have the practical experience one might expect from someone with their stock-in-trade. Rather, a professional slut is this: “1 a: a woman who uses slutty behavior or the promotion of slut-oriented behavior, ideas or activism to win money, fame, power or influence”1. (1. Merriam-Duke-Webster, First Edition.)

No doubt I’m now going to be the bad guy for saying the empress has no clothes. But you tell me: what do you call a young woman who has a penchant for getting naked in front of cameras, promotes decadence and, as the Daily News reported, has had “more failed relationships than Henry VIII” and wrote a memoir in which “[f]ully half of the book is about sex”? If that’s not a slut, what is?

And Fluke? She decided to become the poster girl for free contraception for free sex.

There are many other professional sluts, too. Madonna comes to mind, as does Rihanna, Paz de la Huerta, Margaret Sanger, Rita Ora, Lil Kim, Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian and, well, should I maybe just name the good girls?

The people who take exception to the “slut” label want to retire the word. And I get it. Sluts don’t want to be called sluts any more than thugs want to be called thugs, ambulance chasers want to be called ambulance chasers or liberals want to be called liberals. Heck, given my unfailing humility (of which I’m very proud), I don’t like being called a genius. Yet I tolerate it. But since professional sluts, thugs, and sometimes even liberals make money being what they are, I think we can call them on it.

Of course, sluts never liked being called sluts, but there was a time when they didn’t enjoy the strength numbers bring. Now with the professional slut they can capture a market, get rich, gain influence and have defenders who will visit scorn on those who dare suggest they’re anything but “liberated.” And all these people, taken together, constitute today’s much sought after VD voting bloc.

Just in case you consider this much ado about little, know that it’s actually a matter of all-important truth in labeling. As Chinese sage Confucius wrote 2500 years ago in Analects:

If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be conducted successfully. When affairs cannot be conducted successfully, propriety will not flourish. When propriety does not flourish, punishments will not be properly meted out. When punishments are not properly meted out, the people will not know how to conduct themselves. 

Our name for the world’s Lena Dunhams today is not in accordance with the truth of things, and it’s one reason millions of girls do not know how to conduct themselves. Remember that, as a writer once said, stigmas are corollaries of values; if certain things are to be valued, it follows that their opposites will be devalued. I’ll add that proper stigmas are corollaries of “virtues” (which refers to absolutes), and if we’re going to value chastity, modesty and propriety, it follows that sluttishness is going to be devalued — and should be called sluttishness for that reason.

Of course, today’s dominant values are valueless, which is why the Daily News can write something such as this:

Given that Dunham’s story includes therapy when she was in her single digits, ongoing battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more failed relationships than Henry VIII, some readers might be wondering what they can learn from this privileged 28-year-old’s so-called life.

Possibly everything.

The reality? She’s a walking train wreck created and enabled by a society that’s off the rails.

And here’s the main thing I suspect will be learned from her story: become a professional slut, girls, and perhaps you also can be rich beyond your wildest dreams.


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28 Responses to The Rise of the Professional Slut

  1. GHG says:

    At risk of being mistaken for a PC metrosexual, I must say that this really isn’t a gender specific problem. I don’t know the word for the male version of slut but there’s no shortage of men who prostitute themselves for fame and fortune, probably a higher percentage than women. Women can use sexuality to their advantage more than men can, but that’s just a tactic, the selling of one’s soul is the tragedy.

    I must also say that, as an unapologetic member of the non-PC neanderthal clan, I do lament the loss of chastity as a virtue more in a woman than in a man. Hey – I’m an old guy and I blame it on the culture in which I grew up. 🙂

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A male prostitute is a gigolo. A female prostitute is a liberal. And if these women object to being rightly called sluts, perhaps we could just call them “working girls”. That’s what Gwyneth Paltrow thinks she is.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        A male prostitute is a gigolo. A female prostitute is a liberal.

        LMAO. We need to add that to the official ST dictionary.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        A female prostitute is a liberal

        Or possibly a Libertarian.

      • Leigh Bravo says:

        A working girl? I beg to differ! Gwyneth has no idea what real work is and she obviously lacking a brain. Maybe she should consider the Wizard of Oz for her next project. Her part? Need I say?

        Selwyn, I love your article and especially your quote,

        “There are many other professional sluts, too. Madonna comes to mind, as does Rihanna, Paz de la Huerta, Margaret Sanger, Rita Ora, Lil Kim, Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian and, well, should I maybe just name the good girls?”

        We surely are missing a lot of “good girls” in today’s world. So sad what we have come to and that it is easier to name the few good ones left in todays society. However, when you take God out of everything, we lose our gauge of what is right and what is wrong.

        No doubt, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, carried by Liberals!

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I was thinking of “working girl” as a euphemism for “prostitute”. Many Hollywood women qualify as that.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Our name for the world’s Lena Dunhams today is not in accordance with the truth of things, and it’s one reason millions of girls do not know how to conduct themselves. Remember that, as a writer once said, stigmas are corollaries of values; if certain things are to be valued, it follows that their opposites will be devalued. I’ll add that proper stigmas are corollaries of “virtues” (which refers to absolutes), and if we’re going to value chastity, modesty and propriety, it follows that sluttishness is going to be devalued — and should be called sluttishness for that reason.

    Bravo, I couldn’t agree more, Selwyn. And I have no problem with turning this spotlight on female behavior without wanting to resort to any kind of equivalency. Don’t you all get tired when criticism of Islam is always deflected with, “But Christians have killed people to”? Instead of highlighting this vital fact of Islam, it just waters it down, it takes the spotlight off of a problem that needs the light of day cast onto it. There is nothing “fair” about this kind of redirection and deflection.

    But if propriety says that we cannot criticize females without also heaping the same (if not greater) scorn onto males, the let us point out that the culture at large is trying to turn them into effeminate sluts as well. For god’s sake. Football players wearing pink for “breast cancer awareness”? You might as well snip off their testicles, put them in a bag, and hand them back to them.

    What has led to this runaway feminism is that the Cultural Marxists (Progressives, socialists, liberals, Communists, etc.) have convinced most that there is no difference between men and women, that equality, not liberty, is to be our highest value, and that therefore women must act like sluts each and every day just to hold up their end of the equality bargain.

    To act feminine, demure, coy, reserved, classy, sophisticated, refined — anything but overtly vulgar and sexual and to prize political and economic power over all else — is to betray one’s sex. And any attempt to enact a bit of stigma against this kind of feminism is called sexism or an attempt at male repression.

    Well, maybe a little male repression is just what the doctor ordered. Not as much as the barbaric and brutal religion/culture of Islam, but a little. And by the same token, it has always been openly acknowledged without shame or guilt that part of the female role is to instill a little civilization into the male.

    Women, left completely to their own devices, are as lost as men are if left completely to their own devices. The answer is (classically) to develop a relationship within the bonds of marriage and within healthy friendships. There is, and is supposed to be, a complementarity between the sexes. The answer is not to have women try to act like men or for men to return the favor and act like a bunch of pussified girly-men.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      To liberals, people can only be equal if they’re identical. And since ideology trumps facts, that’s how they intend to see the world. And if it doesn’t work, so what? Who will point out that the emperor is actually rather naked?

    • GHG says:

      My post was not intended to water down the point that Selwyn was making, only to offer the opinion that the culture at large normalizes the sluttish behavior and thus encourages it. If our culture still handed out scarlet letters there would be a lot fewer professional sluts. I don’t believe people who prostitute themselves are victims of the culture and therefore can’t be held responsible, each of us makes the choices we do knowingly and willfully. But the sick and godless culture we live in makes it easier for weak people to make bad decisions.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        If our culture still handed out scarlet letters there would be a lot fewer professional sluts.

        Can you think of any category between a scarlet letter and slutdom? I can. It’s sort of doing what Selwyn is doing and commenting on the state of feminism as espoused by the Left. I know you don’t mean it. But arguments of this type are usually presented as either-or. Either we dust off the concept of the Scarlet Letter or we just raise slutdom to some kind of ideal for the female and thus conveniently dispense with standards altogether.

        Yes, I do believe people can and should be held responsible, whatever the cultural noise is telling them. It’s similar to the lack of escaping culpability it gives one by saying “I was only following orders.”

        But man is to a very large extent a product of culture. In order to try to nudge people in sane and healthy directions, we comment on ideas such as what it means to be a good woman or what it means to be a good man. The libertarian or Objectivist idea that we can all just be atomized economic particles is a dumb and unworkable idea. We need moral guidance. We need to be pointed to and at least gently prodded to good principles.

        And as for the ideal man, a good man is brave; He stands up for what is right; He honors integrity over groupthink, and defends those who are weaker than he is.

        A woman has many good ideals as well. Maybe one of the ladies here (and we do have ladies here rather than professional sluts or feminist agitators) could articulate what those qualities are, or shall be. But I have a feeling they won’t including standing up in front of a Congressional committee and begging like a dog (or professional slut) for others to pay for their birth control because they are apparently having so much promiscuous sex that they can’t possibly foot the bill. These are things we need to talk about. What kind of woman do we want to have as an ideal? And we need good ideals to shoot for.

        • GHG says:

          Sure there are many categories of time and cultural changes of attitude between the days of scarlet letters and the current days of profession slut being a serious career choice. But the gradual coarsening of our culture, to put it mildly, has affected all demographics – not just loosening the morals of our girls. Pornography and sexual imagery is everywhere and our boys are as much affected as our girls are.

          Edit: let me add that I have a 10 year old grandson who is a really good kid – a sweetheart. And I have a 3 year old granddaughter who is a pistol. I love them both dearly and they are the joy of my life. I shudder at the thought of the culture they will grow up in.

          Hitting the reset button is in order here. My original post may have come across in a way I didn’t intent. Selwyn’s point about Ms Dunham in particular and too many other women in general was true and worthy of comment. My perhaps unwise reply was meant to say that our culture sucks and it ain’t just the girls that are being lost to the spirit of the age.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            But the gradual coarsening of our culture, to put it mildly, has affected all demographics – not just loosening the morals of our girls. Pornography and sexual imagery is everywhere and our boys are as much affected as our girls are.

            I know that pornography is a serious concerns of Christians and other conservatives. But as a guy, I think this aspect is a tad over-rated. Guys, even happily married guys, are sluts in the sense that T&A will always grab their notice….and if they don’t act on it, it’s relatively harmless. It’s how we’re wired.

            The real harm, in my opinion, is that we haven’t walled this aspect off. We’ve let slutdom loose basically on the street corner, in the malls, and everywhere. I’m thinking of the distinction the Dennis Prager makes. To use an f-bomb among the privacy of your friends is different from doing so publicly. I think the same thing regarding sexuality.

            I’ll never be mistaken for a good-two-shoes and would hate to ever have to live up to the standard of erasing all sexual images from my brain. That ain’t gonna happen, especially for us guys.

            But it would behoove us to tone it down, to at least take our f-bombs into our private domaines. I agree with Prager, Mark Levin, and others that there must be a certain kind of “civil society” that exists in which we can interact with each other sanely. This idea does not exist on the Left. Theirs is not a civil society with reasonable give and take, but which is by no means perfect, which is the goal of a classic “civil society” (among other attributes). Their vision is of a totalitarian society where every damn sentiment and word is regulated and a wrong one is subject to severe penalties.

            My original post may have come across in a way I didn’t intent.

            That’s alright. That’s just me taking off on a point (as I usually do), and maybe helping to keep you on your toes as well, but in a good way.

            Overall, I’m actually disappointed that Rush wimped out on his characterization of Fluke as a “slut.” His quip was meaningful and appropriate. What is wasn’t was politically correct. And I appreciate very much Mr. Duke having the gonads to take on this subject. This gentleman is a true cultural warrior, and one who is not only on our side but on the side of proportionality, truth, and reasonableness. And yet even so, it’s getting to the point these days that pointing out a simple truth is considered damn near a hate crime.

            I also think that chivalry should not be dead. I’ll echo a point that Bill Whittle made in one of his videos: We need good, strong men.

            And that’s not what predominates in much of our society. What strength there is is often siphoned off for silly, vulgar, or violent purposes. We need the unique strength of men to be put to use to protect and project good character, to protect those innocents who are weaker than they are, and to shape the kind of gentlemen who are the complimentary opposite to the cultured lady.

            I see no merit in bull dykes, sluts (professional or otherwise), or the androgynous pants-suit ladies such a Hillary. But don’t get me wrong. I also think the prototypical American woman is the one who can ride a horse, who can work hard and skillfully at whatever task she chooses for herself, and who might be even just a bit “uppity” in a way that even ranges on the word “bossy.” Women (even ladies) come in all types. But when I think they become the wrong type when they try to act like boys just because they hate the idea of being “excluded.” Here, watch this funny short video from Bill Burr on Conan to see what I mean. This guy gets it.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              I bought Glenn Beck’s An Inconvenient Book after browsing it at a bookstore and encountering a pair of pie charts on porn. In the “Porn and Men” chart, Beck concluded that 83% of men like porn, 16.99% like it but claim not to, and the rest are in a coma. In the “Women and Porn” chart, he concluded that 78.99% find it degrading, 21% have been married to Charlie Sheen (which led me to comment that I wouldn’t want to face his alimony bills), and the rest are Courtney Love. The rest of the book, I might add, lived up to that standard.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Sounds true to life. Was the book recommendable overall?

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Yes, the book was very well worth reading. I rather enjoyed his flowchart of how the UN would deal with a problem in a small country. And his section on polls has some devastating material that I hope isn’t true (but I fear is).

            • GHG says:

              On a side note, when you wrote “Mr. Duke having the gonads to take on this subject.”, I was reminded of the softball team I played on many moons ago when I still thought of myself as an athlete, we called our team the “Nads” and we encouraged our wives/girlfriends to enthusiastically cheer us on 🙂

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                we called our team the “Nads” and we encouraged our wives/girlfriends to enthusiastically cheer us on

                Mr. Lesser, when we put together the StubbornThings softball team (really, it should be a hardball team to match our rhetoric), “Nads” shall be the name. Perfect. (It can stand for “Not a Damn Sissy”.)

                One of the things being done to our young boys and men is to systematically emasculate them. It is true, of course, that men must be disciplined and transformed from coarse ruffians to refined gentlemen. I would never make the case that men are fine just as they are, in a state of nature. But “refined” in the feminist mind is to make them more like women.

                No thanks. We should fight against that and have foremost in our minds the kind of young men we wish to form. These men will be strong, but that strength will be disciplined and bent to a refined and just moral imperative. We want to make them into John Waynes, not Barack Obama’s.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    She’s a walking train wreck created and enabled by a society that’s off the rails.

    I have only ever seen this pitiful creature in some news story or political connection.

    One has to feel somewhat sorry for her as she is clearly unhappy with herself. A rather fat, plain looking girl who has found a way to compensate for this by becoming an exhibitionist for the physical, mental and moral slobacracy.

    That she is, apparently, able to earn lots of money doing this is to be expected. Some people watch Dunham in order to feel superior. Others watch her so as not to feel alone.

    Best to turn her off as it is very possible her end will not be pretty.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It may have been Lena Dunham who received the perfect come-uppance from a female Romney supporter in 2012: “You can vote with your lady parts, I’ll vote with my lady smarts.” Elizabeth definitely agrees (and probably wishes she had sent it, but neither of us is active on social media).

  4. Anniel says:

    We have 16, count them, 16 grandkids, 9 boys and 7 girls. I love almost all of the boys about the same, but have found the girls the most interesting. They all are little mommies to some degree and they are, with one exception, very modest.

    Brad says we should stand up for what makes a good woman and I agree wholeheartedly. One 3 year old granddaughter has 5 older brothers, and not one of them is safe from her ministrations, nor am I. If she decides I must be cold she wraps her favorite blankets sound me, gives me teddy bears to hold, brings me water to drink, spoils me rotten. When the brother a little older than she is had tethered spinal cord surgery she followed him around making certain he didn’t hurt his back and helping him up when he fell. She also made him use both legs going up and down stairs. A real problem for him. Now she watches at the window for his return from kindergarten and then begins to direct his physical therapy. Is she bossy and scrappy as can be? Yep. But she is helping to train all of her brothers to be better men.

    I guess I see women, real women, as being the nurturers in society, and training the next generation to be the mothers of tomorrow, much as feminists think that is a waste of time.

    Someone once said that it’s more important to educate women, because you also educate the children they have. In this age being a good mother is worthy of high praise.

    I hope all of my grandchildren grow up to be ladies and gentlemen.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      What a little angel your granddaughter sounds like. Wow. Very touching. Yep. Men very much need women as nurturers…including of their better natures. And hopefully vice versa.

    • GHG says:

      Well said Anniel. I want my grandson to grow up to be a good man, with as much emphasis on “man” as on “good”. Likewise I want my granddaughter to grow up to be a good woman, with equal emphasis on good and woman. They both have good role models – mommy is a sheriff’s deputy, tough as nails when she has to be yet as feminine as can be and daddy is a salt of the earth farmer. But mommy and daddy (and us grandparents) can’t be there all the time to counter the cultural indoctrination that will be force fed to them from school, music, TV, peer pressure, etc. It breaks my heart to think my beautiful little princess could turn out to be a Lena Dunham and my heart breaks just as much to think little buddy could turn out to be an emasculated wimp. These are concerns that my parents didn’t have of my generation and I didn’t have anywhere close to this degree with my children who were born between 1972 and 1983.

  5. Anniel says:

    GHG: I’m a little older than you, my husband and I got married kind of late, but managed 5 children between 1974 and 1985 when I was a few months shy of 46. We were shocked when our youngest came long. It’s true we can’t be there all the time, and we do have to live in the world the way it is unless and until it gets straightened out, one way or another. Our last child was born 6 years after all the others, and that 6 years changed the whole educational structure profoundly. She left school at 15 because of the silliness at the high school. She talked herself into acceptance at Northeastern in Boston, and that changed her in ways I was not prepared for.

    Some people try to isolate and protect their children and there are times when that is tempting, but I never felt adequate to the task. If I could go back I would homeschool all of them. Developing strength is one of our earthly tasks, but if good men and women, good moms and dads do their job, the kids will have a leg up. Sounds like your loved ones are going to be fine.

    • GHG says:

      Anniel, first, congratulations on your progeny, I have a hunch the world is a little better place because of your contribution. Second, with that many grandkids, you may be able to apply to our government for special interest group privileges (read: future voting block so give them some goodies) 🙂

      Thank you for your encouraging words. I supposed I did “sound” a little despairing. I’m actually a big glass half full person, usually very optimistic in my day to day life. I credit that to my faith in believing that “God is in His heaven and all is well with the world”, to quote Browning. Not that I think everything is the way I would have it be, but I have faith things will work out one way or another. In the end, as much as I love my children and grandchildren, God loves them more and as individuals we can only “control” our own relationship with our Creator.

  6. Anniel says:

    GHG: A big AMEN. Well said.

  7. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The link below is to an article about the way male college students are beginning to fight back against claims of “rape” on campus. Specifically, the men are suing their accusers and universities and winning.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article155254404.html

    Oft times, the accusations made by females are either insane or laughable. Just yesterday I saw a piece which described how some woman, who gave a guy a naked lap dance, was accusing him of rape. I think the “dance” took place in private. One wonders why the male made the mistake of thinking the female was consenting to sex with him.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Maybe she did consent, and changed her mind afterward. To femocrats, that would qualify as rape. Unless someone like Bill Clinton did it, of course.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Glad someone is pushing back. Feminism fascism should not be allowed to run amok. This presumption of “women do not lie about rape” is completely irrelevant. It’s the case at hand that matters. To presume guilt or innocence of someone base purely on their sex is bigotry.

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