Slut, What Does it Even Mean?

Women take part in a "slut walk" in London on September 22, 2012 to protest against the police and courts' denial of justice for rape victims. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

Slut – a word with a negative connotation that is commonly used to indicate that a woman has had sex with several men; also, a term that is used as a means to dismiss or demoralize a woman. So, where exactly does this word come from and what is its original meaning? Well, Stuff Your Mom Never Told You explores this very question, and some of the answers might surprise you. Clue: it used to describe men, and the first time it appeared in literature was in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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