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"Dirty slut" in p6 reading book!?

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Iamlora88 Wed 18-May-16 11:17:18

I need some advice from other mums. Kaylas class has been reading The Suitcase Kid by Jaqueline Wilson. There's a line in it when someone calls a character a dirty slut. Now I get that this is a children's book but there's no room for the word slut in a class full of ten year olds. Kayla told me and showed me the book and I asked her what the word meant and she told me it's the worst word you could ever call a girl. We left it at that. Kayla wants me to bring it up with her teacher and I do too but I'm not sure how to address it with the school without going all crazy raging feminist on them. Ten year olds shouldn't have words like that introduced into their vocabulary and that fact that the word is basically about shaming women for enjoying lots of sex (to put it very lightly) makes it even worse. If it was just a normal swear word I could let it slide but the word slut is so damaging and shaming and I'd hate to thing that they're all running around the playground calling each other dirty sluts! If anyone can help me draft an email it'd be much appreciated.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 18-May-16 11:21:30

When have you posted twice?

JC22334 Fri 01-Jul-16 12:50:24

Not keen on this at all

brightspark2 Fri 01-Jul-16 12:54:42

Tbh it also comes down to context, as slut is also used as a more up to date version of slattern - a messy unhygienic female. Could you give us more of the context in which the insult is used? If it is unequivocally slut as in promiscuous person then I would definitely raise the issue with the school.

brightspark2 Fri 01-Jul-16 13:01:07

Okay - I had a look at the preview of the book - the main character is 10 y o and the mother is criticising the conditions at the father and stepmother's home. It appears to be used in the messy dirty meaning.
HTH

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