Someone Called Me a “Slut” at My Business Conference

May 10, 2013 By Amy Jo Goddard
I am often amazed at what people think it’s okay to say to others, especially people who are perfect strangers. I was a sponsor at a business event last week and a woman came up to me at my booth and said, “Are you the sex lady? You’re a real slut aren’t you?”
She wasn’t kidding—she meant it. Now, words like that roll off of me—I don’t take them that seriously and I don’t internalize it. I’m strong enough in who I am as a sexual being. But there are some really important things about this little event that bare speaking.

To think that you could walk up to any business owner in a professional context and call them a “slut” is beyond inappropriate and is in absolute poor taste. To assume that because I talk about sexuality, that I’m okay with a stranger calling me a “slut” is another problem. And underneath it all is what this actually says about how this woman views sexuality, including her own.

The biggest thing is the idea that if you are someone, like myself, who is willing to talk openly about sex and to address it, that that must make me a slut. How much do young girls and women who are still finding themselves as sexual beings get shamed and called sluts because they are in a process of exploring and expressing their sexuality? There is a major problem with slut-shaming right now and we have already lost hundreds to thousands of young people to suicide because they have been shamed about their sexuality: as “sluts”, as gay, as too fill-in-the-blank sexual.

And just the week before, as we were working to solidify our insurance for the same event, we were turned down when the insurer found out my business had anything to do with sex. Yep. They wouldn’t insure me for the same potential accidents that they were insuring other business owners for in the room all because I talk about sex in my business. Yep, people were going to be way more at risk at my booth than the one next door. They might choke on the open discussion about sex and lose their balance and fall more easily.

These two events are definitely related.

In our culture, we sunbathe in sex-negativity constantly.

When I say sex-negativity, I mean that we attach all kinds of negative ideas to sex and sexuality and, as a culture, we use sexuality as a weapon of control. We shame one another for sexual expression we don’t personally like, and we hurl outrageous insults at people who don’t fall in line sexually the way we want them to. The sex police are everywhere, from Bill O’Reilly, to your sexist legislator, to Phillis Schlafly, to your mama or your school peer: They tell us what to do with our bodies, what sexual choices to make, what sexual expression is okay/not okay and the sexual etiquette they deem appropriate for us. So much of it boils down to others wanting to limit our sexual choices and expression.

You are not a slut because you’re a sexually powerful woman.
You are not a slut because you’re in your body.
You are not a slut because your sexuality might be different from someone else’s.
You are not a slut because you enjoy sex.

I’m not a slut because I talk about sex and help people with their sex lives, which are a precious and important part of their well-being and happiness.

We are all taught to judge one another’s sexuality harshly. It can seep out in insidious ways. This week, I encourage you to notice if you start to judge another’s sexuality/sex life/body and where you go when you do. Just notice it, and see how cultural norms about sex might be impacting your judgments.

In my Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, I lead a Sexual Archetype Ritual with the women so they can explore how these many cultural archetypes impact their sexuality. The slut is one of 12 archetypes we explore. It’s powerful stuff. And until you really look at the ideas you’ve been fed culturally about sexuality, and unpack it all, it’s really hard to get to who you really are as a sexual person and what you really want.

And a person who knows what they really want and asks for it is powerful. I want to see a world of people who get that and are in their own desire and able to be critical of all the expectations that are hurled at them daily. THAT, my friends, will be a changed world.

I can’t wait for us to tip the scales. I’m gonna start with the 25 women who will step into this program over the next 6 months with me. These archetypes need a facelift. We’re gonna’ give them one.

Amy Jo Goddard is a sexual empowerment coach, author, and sexuality educator. As a David Neagle Certified Miracle of Money coach, Amy Jo helps women and couples create financial abundance, sexual pleasure and create the relationships and lives they desire. She is founder of SPECTRA, a mentorship program to help sexuality professionals make more money doing the sexuality work they are passionate about. She teaches her Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program in New York City and can be found blogging about all things sexual that make her tingle at www.amyjogoddard.com

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Yoni Whisperer - Aleena Aspley of North Brisbane Australia is a Certified Somatic Sexologist, (Sexological Bodyworker) USA 2010 ALEENA'S CREDENTIALS. Certified Somatic Sexologist (Sexological Bodyworker) USA 2010 Over eight years experience relaxing people of all Genders-since 2005 Owner of Kinkassage Sensual & Adventurous Erotic Adult Massage Owner of Tantra Kinkassage Sublime Transformational & Intuitive Tantric Adult Massage Owner Of Domme Kinkassage Avant-garde, Playful & Edgy Domination for Adults Male Multiples Makeover for Men - Multiple Orgasm / Ejaculation Optional Quodoushka 1 & 2 Graduate March 2014 Angel Intuitive Graduate with Doreen Virtue 2013 Certificate in Lomi Lomi Hawaiian relaxation Urban Tantra Professional with Barbara Carrelas 2012 Certified Bondassage Practitioner 2011 Reiki 1&2 2010 Theta Healer 2010 Dakini Course with Triambica 2011 USA Andrew Barnes-Awakening Within Institute- Luminous Energy Orgasms 2011 Reflexology Certificate 1996 Les Mills PUMP instructor Training 1995 Lifeline Telephone Befriender 1995 Certificate in Human movement as a Fitness Trainer 1989 FUTURE COURSES OF INTEREST TO ME Chakradance (2014) Sweet Medicine Shamanic De-armoring (2014) Sweet Medicine Red Lodge Program (2015)