The Daily Mail has a new article up naming and shaming a young man who is accused* of privately telling his (then) girlfriend the dress she bought was too slutty: US high school student, 16, who dumped her slut-shaming boyfriend after he said her prom dress ‘showed too much skin’ finally reveals the offending gown – but says she WON’T be attending
Slut shaming is one of the gravest sins of our feminist age, but it is not merely a feminist sin. Slut shaming is also a sin against chivalry. This goes all the way back to the 1300s and the Order of the Garter, Britain’s highest order of chivalry. The founding motto of the Order of the Garter shames any man who commits the sin of slut shaming:
Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks evil of it)
In the case of the slut shaming boyfriend, it was the girl’s father who wanted the world to know who had sinned against his daughter in this way:
The teen had initially kept her ex’s identity anonymous, but her father, Kevin Witham told DailyMail.com: ‘My daughter’s ex-boyfriend’s name is Justice Champion he is a 19-year old boy who lives in a nearby town.
‘In the past I met him a few times and I was really impressed by him. Justice graduated from high school last year. His father is a local policeman in the area.’
Not surprisingly, many of the responses the Daily Mail recounted came from a chivalrous perspective:
‘We love a queen that knows her self worth!!!!!!!!!’ one user wrote to the teen.
‘Yes girl drop that boy and find yourself a real man!’
One man who stepped up to the plate even offered to be a stand-in for her prom date writing: ‘If you need someone to give you a great night and treat you the way you deserve let me know. You deserve better than that. Respect.’
Her father’s attitude strikes me as a natural blending of both chivalry and feminism:
Her father added: ‘Madison is a strong young women and wasn’t expecting all of the media attentions she had garnered from all of this.
‘But she is happy with the amount of followers she is getting on Instagram.’
*The accused claims that he did not send the text messages in question. H/T Devon35