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In a recent study, psychologists found that young women of a ‘high status’ resort to slut-shaming conduct towards middle or lower class girls, so that they maintain their popularity and social status.
The study was performed by the University of Michigan and the University of California. The two sets of researchers observed attitudes of college girls at a renowned public institution. 53 Students living in on campus residences were interviewed for five years to ask about their social life and their experiences with bullying. The study found that terms like “slut” and “whore” were used a little too often.
Researchers say that “Wealthy women are making a distinctino between being classy and trashy, whereas women with less money are equating stuck up and exclusive and not nice to being slutty. This stuff is pretty toxic. It’s not just the boys whoa re doing it,”
Girls of low socio-economic backgrounds reported being bullied more often than their rich classmates.