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Monday, December 17, 2012
Jenna Marbles’ New Video: Harmless Comedy or Disrespecting Women?
Jenna Marbles is a hilarious internet comedian who’s posted
over 100 videos, including some classics such as “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking.” However,
her newest video is called “Things I Don’t Understand about Girls Part 2: Slut
Jenna defines “sluts” as women who sleep with a lot of men,
especially men they don’t know. She says
that sluts don’t respect themselves or their bodies. While she does make some good points about
safety (don’t get STIs) and preventing sexual assault (intervene if a girl
looks drunk and confused), she’s pretty anti-slut. To Jenna Marbles, sluts make bad
choices. Jenna claims monogamy is much
more fulfilling and that women have more enjoyable sex with someone they have a
relationship with. This assumption
bothered me…..something didn’t seem right, but what?? Then I discovered this video by sex educator
Laci Green argues that Jenna echoes beliefs that our culture
has had for generations—that women shouldn’t be sexual. While women have made some advances, they are
in no way equal to men or free to make their own sexual decisions. Laci says that Jenna is “slut-shaming,” aka
disrespecting certain women society labels as “sluts.” “Sluts” are just women who express their sexuality
differently than society wants them to.
Laci thinkgs disrespecting sluts is disrespecting women, and their
ability to choose who they want to have sex with.
So what do y’all think?
Is Jenna’s video good advice for women seeking happiness, or is she
disrespecting women’s decision-making abilities? Post in the comments! ** You may publish anonymouscomments as well. All comments are subject to review and approval from The Alice Drum Women's Center. ** - Lauren Dever