One of the young women studies cello at Juilliard; others have been directed by Woody Allen and Eve Ensler. The teens are actresses currently appearing in the Fringe Festival play SLUT , which explores what happens to fictional year-old Joey Del Marco after she is sexually assaulted in the back of a taxi by two guy friends following a night of drinking. Joey gets blamed for what happened by her friends, their parents, even the boys who assaulted her. This interview has been condensed and edited.
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Sandra Fluke heard it when she talked about insurance coverage for birth control. Sara Brown from Boston told me she was first called it at a pool party in the fifth grade because she was wearing a bikini. Courtney Caldwell in Dallas said she was tagged with it after being sexually assaulted as a freshman in high school. Many women I asked even said that it was not having sex that inspired a young man to start rumors that they were one. And this is what is so confounding about the word "slut": it's arguably the most ubiquitous slur used against women, and yet it's nearly impossible to define. The one thing we do know about "slut" is that it's the last thing a woman should want to be.