9 Ways We Shame 😔 Other Women without ❌ Realizing It 😳 ...

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It's painful to think that, as women, we might be shaming other women without even realizing that we're doing, but it happens daily.

Not all women do it, of course they don't, but many do, although some of them might not know it.

It happens in the real world and it happens with frightening regularity online.

We see a topic that we're passionate about or simply have an opinion on, and we dive in with both feet.

From that point on, anyone with a different view, opinion, or preference is wrong – and not just wrong, but sometimes stupid, ignorant, slutty, nutty, ugly, fat, ridiculous, uneducated … and so on.2

Some women wield their opinions like facts and weapons, and the results are never pretty.

They're harmful to everyone involved.

We need to stop shaming other women.

We need to be aware of doing it.

1. Women Shame Other Women for Their Sexual Choices

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Slut-shaming is so commonplace that it's a little terrifying to speak out about your sexual experiences, desires, and opinions, especially on the internet.2

When the news reports yet another rape, there are still women who ask what the girl was doing, what was she wearing, was she drunk, and why she put herself into that situation.

Taylor Swift is called a tease, a slut, and a whore.

Women who enjoy sex are berated obviously and subtly, not just by men but also by women.

It all goes back to the idea that women who enjoy sex are somehow dirty or loose, but really, isn't it time to stop that mentality?2

2. We Shame Other Women for Their Choice of Birth Control

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In addition to being shamed for their views on sex, women are also shamed for their birth control.

Women who expect their insurance to pay for birth control are called leeches and told they want everything for free, or they're advised to keep their legs closed.

The same demand is used when the subject of abortion comes up – that if we keep our legs closed and don't have sex until marriage, we won't get pregnant with a baby we don't want.

Women tell other women who are pro-choice that they hope those women die – but there's shaming on the other side of that coin, as well.

Women on each side make snap judgments about the other side.

We Shame Women when They Are Abused
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