All of these words have a very negative connotation.
Additional meanings and connotations of the term are negative and identify a slut as being a slovenly and ugly person, for example, as in these quotations from OED2: All Women's Talk posted an article titled "10 Signs You Might Be a Slut..." Some of the noted signs included "you don't go on real dates", "you dress provocatively", and "you have an STD." These are the common misconceptions and stereotypes that are attached to this word.
The term has been "taken back" to express the rejection of the concept that government, society, or religion may judge or control one's personal liberties, and the right to control one's own sexuality.
Slut shaming in college is related to "class, gender, culture, media, feminism, ethnicity, religion and sexuality." This is usually related to "slut-labeling", the word is used to define one individual's sexuality and his or her attitude towards sexuality.
There have been attempts to reclaim the word for girls and women, and some individuals embrace the title as a source of pride.
These definitions identify a slut as a woman of low character—a person who lacks the ability or chooses not to exercise a power of discernment to order her affairs.
On June 4, 2011, hundreds, including this woman wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, gathered at the Alberta Legislature grounds in Edmonton, Canada, to protest against what they perceived as prevalent blaming-the-victim attitudes.
A parallel exists between the female term slut and the term gay for males.Similar terms used for men are cad, rake, male slut, man whore, himbo, womanizer, stud, and player.The word was originally used around 1450 in the late Middle English language.The participants in these walks protest against individuals that excuse rape due to the woman's appearance, including victim blaming and slut shaming; slut walks have now become a worldwide movement.The word slut means different things to white women and people of color, especially black women. Anna North of The New York Times stated, "As Black women, we do not have the privilege or the space to call ourselves 'slut' without validating the already historically entrenched ideology and recurring messages about what and who the Black woman is." She argued that, for black women, the word slut does not mean anything very harmful due to the history of being treated as slaves in the past.The first recorded use of the word was in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.