I'm hesitant to support the use of such laws, which seem to be a form of
'benovolent sexism' -- a term I've seen in a number of places. These
laws seem to promote the notion that a female's reputation or chastity is
her most important quality!
I'm all for eliminating the type of stereotyping that results in the
"slut" mentality, but I'm not sure this is the way to do it.
Leslie Dare, Ed.D.
Assistant Equal Opportunity Officer
Coordinator of Harassment Programs
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7530 NCSU
Raleigh NC 27695-7530
>>> <Debbling3@aol.com> 10/06/99 09:24AM >>>
<<I just discovered that under our state laws (Washington), there is a
particular form of slander called "slander of woman" which makes it a
misdemeanor to injure or impair the repuation of any female over age 12
regard to "virtue or chastity" OR expose her to hatred, contempt or
It covers "any false or defamatory words or language" and makes specific
Anything like that exist here is CA? We're having some trouble with
that at our
private school--4th graders!
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