A small Canadian study at McMaster University showed that women are more likely to be shrewdly hostile towards women who they regard as promiscuous. To experimentally gauge this behavior, Vaillancourt and Ph. D student, Aanchal Sharma, observed 86 straight women who were paired off and made to think that they were participating in a study about female friendship. The same woman also disrupted the other half, but was dressed in a low-cut blouse, short skirt, boots; and with her hair down. Revealing body language such as eye rolling, glaring, looking the confederate up and down, and laughing sarcastically added to the score. The participants and scorers were approximately the same age range, between 20 and 25 years old.
The questions started out simple enough: How old were you when you were first kissed? Then they quickly escalated into questions like: Have you ever had sex in a public place? When he got an answer that made me seem less than virginal, we fought. Instead of being intrigued, he was insulted. With each new inquiry, it was becoming clear that he thought I was a slut, and I thought I was normal.
I tell her that part too; how I was accidentally funny. Maybe not so funny? Hot shame rushes across my face, the shame that accompanies every waking moment of being a year-old girl. On my walk home I think about what kind of girl I am.