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Slut-shaming kerfuffle didn’t belong in court

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom made the right call in denying a George Washington High School senior's request for an injunction against her principal.

Bloom is correct. The dispute - vastly overemotionalized to begin with - did not belong in court.

A group called Believe in West Virginia sponsored the appearance at GW of a guest speaker who contends that abstinence is the best protection against teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Attendance at the assembly was not required, and Katelyn Campbell, the senior who sought the injunction against Principal George Aulenbacher, did not attend.

But she complained that speaker Pam Stenzel's message constituted "slut-shaming," used a lot of scare tactics to keep people from having sex" and "contributed negatively to the sexual environment at GW."

Aulenbacher said he told Campbell that he felt betrayed when she went to the media instead of coming to him first and called her actions analogous to him calling Wellesley, which she plans to attend, without her knowledge.

Campbell said she took that as a threat that Aulenbacher might call Wellesley to hurt her chances of admission or her financial standing there.

Thus, the request for an injunction.

Bloom dispatched these histrionics with the calm reason that so distinguishes adult behavior from juvenile conduct. He denied Campbell's request for an injunction, saying in the end:

" . . . the Court would like to emphasize that sometimes parties are too quick to run to the courthouse to resolve matters like the one presented in the instant case.

"It is clear to the Court that this matter would have been better addressed by Kanawha County Schools, where the day-to-day administration of the school


  • ystem is most properly addressed."

    "Slut-shaming," for those unfamiliar with the term, is one of the newer arrows in feminism's quiver of victimological terms.

    As explains: "Put in the most simple terms, slut-shaming happens 'when a person publicly or privately [insults] a woman because she expressed her sexuality in a way that does not conform with patriarchal expectations for women."

    It never occurs to feminists that clutching the mantle of victimhood retards the recognition of women as strong and rational creatures.

    Too bad.


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