Sexting pp 81-98 | Cite as

Slut-Shaming 2.0

  • Kathleen Van Royen
  • Karolien Poels
  • Heidi Vandebosch
  • Michel Walrave
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)


The practice of slut-shaming became rampant with the advent of social networking sites (SNS). This chapter will discuss how these platforms pose additional risks for female adolescents to be slut-shamed. It will be argued that SNS have expanded the impact and scope of slut-shaming through, for example, the easy replication and persistence of publicly visible content on SNS. Furthermore, this chapter will examine the prevalence and characteristics of slut-shaming (derived from perceptions of the victim’s point of view) particularly on SNS, based on a survey study amongst 476 adolescent females (12–18 years). To conclude, efforts will be discussed to prevent this form of harassment. Several actors such as parents, schools, mass media and social media providers, should take more responsibility as well as convey equal gender norms starting from a young age.


Adolescents Social networking sites Slut-shaming Prevalence Characteristics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Van Royen
    • 1
  • Karolien Poels
    • 1
  • Heidi Vandebosch
    • 1
  • Michel Walrave
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication Studies, MIOSUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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