Although a sexually active and professionally successful woman might be seen as a threat, a man without those qualities is often regarded with suspicion and questions about his sexuality.
The word slut is commonly interchanged with the words tramp, whore, hussy and hooker.
They also dismiss female-on-male abuse, and are just as powerful and representative of modern societal prejudices.
Hence, women may find it difficult to hold high positions at their workplace, whereas men may be mocked for choosing to be stay-at-home fathers.
The double standard associated with "slut-labeling" is part of the modern day "rape culture." Rape culture is "the casual debasement [of women] ...
that has become such a part of our lives that it is often invisible." Though people in society are vocally anti-rape, there is an insinuation that certain types of rape are acceptable or that women are voluntarily taking actions that justify sexual advances.
Many slut walks or movements protest against the idea that a woman's appearance, often considered promiscuous, is a justification of sexual assault and rape.
The participants in these walks protest against individuals that excuse rape due to the woman's appearance, including victim blaming and slut shaming; slut walks have now become a worldwide movement.
The word slut also took a similar form around the same era in the Norwegian language as "slutr" sleet, also known as an impure liquor.An exact male equivalent of the term does not exist.The lack of a comparably popular term for men highlights the double standard in societal expectations (gender roles) between males and females, as negative terms for sexually promiscuous males are rare.However, if used in a humorous way, slut may also favor sexual freedom and mark the shift from traditional gender roles in gay men.With BDSM, polyamorous, and non-monogamous people, in usage taken from the book The Ethical Slut, the term has been used as an expression of choice to openly have multiple partners, and revel in that choice: "a slut is a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you." A slut is a person who has taken control of their sexuality and has sex with whomever they choose, regardless of religious or social pressures or conventions to conform to a straight-laced monogamous lifestyle committed to one partner for life.A notable example of this use is Samuel Pepys's diary description of his servant girl as "an admirable slut" who "pleases us mightily, doing more service than both the others and deserves wages better" (February 1664).Today, the term slut has a pervasive presence in popular culture and pornography, but is almost exclusively used to describe women.Some of the noted signs included "you don't go on real dates", "you dress provocatively", and "you have an STD." These are the common misconceptions and stereotypes that are attached to this word.A parallel exists between the female term slut and the term gay for males.The term has been "taken back" to express the rejection of the concept that government, society, or religion may judge or control one's personal liberties, and the right to control one's own sexuality.In April 2013, Emily Lindin, founder of the Un Slut Project, created a blog to share her stories on sexual bullying to “provide some perspective to girls who currently feel trapped and ashamed".