15 Year Old Commits Suicide: A Perfect Example Of Slut Shaming

Author: October 26, 2012 4:42 pm

Crossposted from Proud To Be A Filthy Liberal Scum

This is Felicia Garcia. Felicia had sex with four older football players. There is no indication that it was coerced in any way. She did not claim she was raped or assaulted. She was, however, harassed about it when two of the players talked about it and were recorded. The bullying led her to commit suicide by falling backwards into an oncoming train.

As tragic as this is, it highlights a larger problem in our culture. Imagine, for a moment, that Felicia had been a 15 year old boy that had slept with 4 older female athletes, cheerleaders, basketball, what have you. And then imagine the story had gotten out. Would “he” have been teased? Or would he have been immortalized?


Do you see the problem?

Yes, 15 is a bit young to have engaged in a five way but her age is almost irrelevant in terms of the reaction to her sex life. The only difference is that she would have been more capable of handling the bullying had she been older. The disapproval and stigma would have been the same.

There were other reasons she was bullied: for repeatedly running away from home, having piercings and living in foster homes but the final straw seems to have been the harassment stemming from the encounter with the 4 boys.

We, as a country continue to treat sex as something dirty. We treat sexually active men as heroes (unless they’re gay, of course) and sexually active women as whores. This twisted thinking infects every aspect of our lives (certainly reflected in our schools whether we choose to believe kids have sex or not) and is a large contributor to rape culture, in which we blame women for being attacked. After all, they’re just sluts that were asking for it.

Felicia was a disturbed young woman who deserved better than to be shamed for being sexually active and in a country less prurient and childish than ours, she wouldn’t have been.

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