I wonder what Pam Stenzel said to make the girls at George Washington High School cry last week.
Whatever it was, I think she should be ashamed of herself, even if they are sluts. Of course, I don't know if any of them are sluts, but Katelyn Campbell, one of their classmates, thinks so, even though she was describing them as sluts in their own defense.
Katelyn does not appear to be defending their sluttiness per se, though she seems not at all put off by it, but only that they shouldn't be embarrassed by it.
I also couldn't help but wonder if any of the girls cried when they read what Katelyn said about them in the newspapers.
I must admit that using the word slut makes me uneasy.
Current high school students may find it quaint to hear that the term used to be an insulting epithet. I would not have been comfortable using it in conversation, much less in writing, until only recently.
Since not only some classmates, but apparently some school psychologists, are also reluctant to disapprove of sluttish behavior, I decided that merely using the term was not in such bad taste after all.
Since there's now no shame in being a slut, I thought I'd look it up just to be sure.
The first definition was a slattern. I didn't know what that was so I looked it up, too. A slattern is a slovenly person - meaning untidy.
Since this didn't seem to fit a talk on sexual abstinence, I went to the next definition.