• Brian Freiberger

Slang words exposed at sex program


On Feb. 8, at 1:30 p.m., Olivet College students filled half of Mott Auditorium on Olivet’s campus to listen to a presentation called ‘The Hook-up’ addressing the social issue of sex on college campuses.

The program was presented by Paula Ramirez of Catharsis productions of Chicago, Illinois.

“I am an actor, that is my background. Seven years ago I started combining theater and acting with social issues and immediately I got hooked, and when I found Catharsis I knew that this was the path for me right now. Being able to combine the skill of performing with also a subject that I really care about; it is important to me,” said Ramirez in a recorded interview after the show.

Ramirez’s style of presenting involved a lot of interaction with the crowd. Ramirez stood next to two whiteboards that she used as props to make illustrations and to better explain her message.

“The Hook-Up” focused on many sexual issues common on college campuses such as: Common stereotypes of both men and women; alcohol and drugs; sexual assault; and the differences between a good hookup, a bad hookup and rape.

Right from the beginning, Ramirez asked primarily the male audience members to say some common phrases about women who are perceived to have a lot of sexual partners. The names that the crowd shouted out were, “Slut, whore, ho, floozy, easy, chicken head and thot.”

Ramirez explained that the meaning of these words vary, but they all generally explain a women who is discussed or applies herself in sexual actions. These words are most commonly said as result of reputations given in a particular community, but these words are also used as an insult without evidence to realistically classify someone with one of these particular titles.

As Ramirez turned to the other whiteboard, it was the women’s turn, as they describe men perceived to having multiple sexual partners. “The man, dog, man whore, douche bag, tool and stud,” were all the names said by the audience, but they were also perceived as having somewhat of a positive meaning within a group of male friends.

All of these terms essentially mean the same thing but, Ramirez said, the men’s terms are described by the crowd as a double standard because when men say these words to each other, they tend to think positive while in the women’s case this brings on a negative view for that particular woman within their friend group or community.

Next, Ramirez talked about the issue of Continuum Harm.“Continuum harm is what happens when words lead into sexual assault; it’s when language that is damaging goes unchecked, it will escalate.” For example, hypothetically, a man is having another conver