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Whore v. Score

September 28, 2010

Graphic by Kelly Lyness

By Karen Rodriguez, Staff Writer

The way children are raised from the time they are born depends on their gender. From the toys they choose, to the clothes they wear, society has created a frame to what is right and what is wrong depending on gender.

Likewise, as girls flourish into young women, they are taught that their worth is only as good as their purity. While men, are taught that their value consists of how fast they can lose theirs.

Young girls are told their whole lives something a long the lines of ‘you need to be a virgin to get married.’ Yet little boys aren’t.

Society is teaching women their worth comes from their virginity. If a woman chooses to lose her virginity before wedding vows it doesn’t make her lose any of her value. This biased system is the gross reality we live in currently,” says Amy Dalton a senior communication major from Augusta.

Even though the times have changed, the views on women’s purity have not. It is considered “ok” for a man to peruse around with as many women as he pleases and he is viewed as a “true man.” He is congratulated and applauded for the same actions a woman is condemned.

“My parents didn’t raise me to be what some people define as a ‘man whore.’ I was taught to respect women,” says David Nieto, a sophomore communication major. “However, I know that growing up, my guy friends would comment on how many women they’d been with, and no one ever said that they were wrong.I know that if I was to do the same thing, I wouldn’t be criticized the same as a woman would be. I think people would view it as ‘how it’s supposed to be.’”

Why is this so? Why does a woman’s value decrease if her virginity is lost and a man’s value increased the sooner they lose theirs?

Why does the same act make women ‘whores’ and men the ‘scorers?’

Karen Rodriguez will be writing a regularly featured sex and health column in the Enotah Echoes. For ideas about future articles or to recommend topics email us at editor.enotahechoes@yhc.edu.

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