“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling.
I know this is old news now, but do we really have to call it a “slut walk”? Kipling once compared words to drugs to describe the persuasive effect words can have on another person: “Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain. . . .” So, if this is true, and as a person who uses words to communicate generally, and as writer, I do believe it is true, then why are we using the pejorative word “slut” to describe ourselves? Just because Candian Constable Michael Sanguinetti suggested that in order not to be victimised “…women should avoid dressing like sluts.” (and what an idiot he was!), do we have to keep using it? By doing so, are we women not defining our sexuality in male terms? Can we really not think of anything better? Or are words not the most powerful drug, after all?
“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” Nathaniel Hawthorne