Chescaleigh Responds To Slut Shaming By Jenna Marbles

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Responding To Jenna Marbles

A bit of background: YouTube star Jenna Marbles recently did a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Girls: Sluts Edition” and it was fairly horrible. First of all, Jenna Marbles thinks that being a promiscuous “slut” is a bad thing.  Sluts, she says, are women who have “a lot of casual sex,” although she admits she can’t really define what “a lot” means because it’s different for every person. I’m sorry, every woman. The only people Jenna Marbles judges for having “a lot of casual sex” are women.

She admits the video is not supposed to be funny — and it’s not. In addition to being nasty towards other women, it comes off as bitter. (There’s this weird part about sluts who sleep with other girls’ boyfriends, because I guess I guess an insatiable sex drive stops you from having morals?) Mostly Jenna just repeated the kind of “sluts are the wooooorst” stuff that you imagine Rush Limbaugh says to his pals while they smoke cigars in a strip club. So it is a VERY welcome breath of fresh air to see Chescaleigh (AKA Franchesca Ramsey) did a response.

Chescaleigh responds a lot more sensitively and thoughtfully than Jenna deserved: she patiently explained how slut-shaming this video is hurts women, especially the drunk women Jenna mentions who are being taken advantage of by dudes. Chescaleigh herself was taken advantage of while drunk, she explains: she “lost her virginity” being date raped by some dude after she blacked out on a night out at a club with her co-workers. She is not sure if she was dosed with a date rape drug.

Blinking back tears, she explains how her co-workers gossiped about her behind her back, told her manager, and all-around judged her for a night of drinking that ended very, very badly for her.  Chescaleigh’s experience was clearly devastating to her. Getting date raped was bad enough.  The judgement from her co-workers, it seems, was even worse.

I’m glad that Chescaleigh didn’t go full-on and attack Jenna Marbles and turn this controversy into some stupid girl-fight thing: her response is as classy as it is touching. Jenna’s video was just beyond ignorant and I hope she sees this.

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