7 Ways We Slut Shame Women On New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve should be a celebratory night with friends and family, but women still deal with a host of slut shaming on the holiday. By now, unfortunately, we're all pretty familiar with what slut shaming is — criticizing women for actual or assumed sexual activity, in a way that undermines women's autonomy over their bodies. It often has to do with how a woman acts, dresses, or presents herself overall — and the ways we slut shame women on New Year's Eve, in particular, show how ingrained this behavior is.

Most of us internalized slut shaming behavior at a young age — through dress codes, sex ed, and even Disney movies like The Little Mermaid. As adults, women face even more slut shaming: Our choices, from our clothes to our sex lives to our selfies, are put under a microscope by people in positions of power and used to determine how much respect we get — or don't. Slut shaming is a tool of rape culture, and often times, survivors’ sexual activity (or presumed sexual activity) is weaponized against them when discussing who is responsible for sexual assault (when the person responsible is always the perpetrator). Slut shaming can be straight-up dangerous, so it's high time that we stop.

With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, try to make a resolution to mindful of both the conscious and unconscious ways our society slut shames women — and you can start on the holiday itself. Here are seven ways we slut shame women on New Year’s Eve.