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Slut Talk March 19

March 18, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- The panel discussion, "Slut Talk: Blaming, Shaming and Challenging," will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the University Union Heritage Room on the Western Illinois University Macomb campus.

According to Bridget Welch, assistant professor in the WIU Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the word "slut" has often been used to shame women who engage in sexual behavior and who use contraception or other forms of family planning. This term has also been used to blame the victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The March 19 panelists include a sexual assault nurse examiner, the coordinator of Western's Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiative, a professor and graduate and undergraduate students who will discuss what "slut" means, how it is applied to men and women and across different racial groups, what its impact is and more. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Sponsors include the departments of dociology and anthropology and women's studies. For more information, contact Welch at

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