This isn’t a funny blog entry, it’s just something I came across that reminded me that I am strange.
So… I read this ad in the paper looking for girls who were labeled a slut. It was for a documentary. This was about 1 year ago. I decided to email them – this is what I wrote:
I am contacting you in response to your ad in the Montreal Mirror. I see that you are looking for people who were labeled a slut in highschool. I in fact am the perfect candidate for your project. I have been labeled a slut since I was 12. I don’t know why, I think it is because I developed at a young age and had an older boyfriend. I mean I was into sex and I realized that I could get more out of people, using my sex appeal, and in all honesty, it was fun being that way. I mean I have tried every imaginable position and every scenario with every man in my small town…
I am 21 now, and I still live a similar lifestyle, I will not change for anyone. I can remember many stories from my highschool years, that I would rather forget. I remember being hated on by the girls and sexually harassed by the boys (which was awesome) for 5 years!!! Anyway, I don’t even know why I am telling you all this.
Her Response was:
It’s great to hear from you. My name is Brenda, Iâ€™m the research coordinator for this project. Itâ€™s my job to make contact with all the women and girls and hear their stories. Let me tell you a little bit about the project – it’s a documentary film for TV that is yet to be titled. The original idea for the documentary came from the book Fast Girls, by Emily White, released in 2002.
In Fast Girls, Emily White says if you ask someone about their high school/junior high/town â€œslut,â€? youâ€™ll get much the same story no matter where you are in North America. White argues that the slut is an archetype, part of the collective unconscious. Crowds HAVE to have a slut, and they create one no matter whether the girl â€œdeservesâ€? the title or has never been kissed.
Anyway, this documentary project gives voice to those women. So far, weâ€™ve heard from dozens of women who are telling their stories. They range in age from 16 to 60 and come from one end of the continent to the other, from the southern US to Canada (which is where the project originates from â€“ Iâ€™m located in Halifax, Nova Scotia). The film is being directed by Andrea Dorfman. Her most recent film is Love That Boy.
I would love to speak to you over the phone for 15 minutes or so to get a sense of your story. Let me know a good time tomorrow or the next day. After that, you can consider if and what you’d be comfortable sharing on camera. No pressure. Please e-mail me back a good time for you. Thanks.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Brenda : )