So Was Dear Bryony A Slut Then?

David Cameron has become embroiled in the row over claims a Conservative cabinet minister called a female writer a “slut”.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said that he had not spoken to his newly appointed Defence Secretary Michael Fallon about the alleged incident.

But she added that Mr Cameron would never consider the use of such language appropriate.

Asked about the claims, she said: “Does the Prime Minister think the use of the word ‘slut’ is appropriate in any sense?

“No.”

But she added that there was a “clearly a debate [about] … exactly what was said” during the disputed conversation.

Mr Fallon has been accused of calling Bryony Gordon, a writer for The Daily Telegraph newspaper, a slut when he met her at a party in a London bar back in 2010.

Quite agreed that it’s not quite the language one might use when meeting someone (and even Bryony doesn’t think that Fallon knew who she was when he was talking to her). But, well, hasn’t she just released a book telling us all how she went out boozing and shagging on one night stands for a few years as a result of the stress and trauma of the divorce of her own parents?

Slut might not be polite but it really wasn’t all that long ago that it would have been accepted as being perfectly descriptive.

12 comments on “So Was Dear Bryony A Slut Then?

  1. No, no, no! Slag, not slut. When I was growing up a slut was a slovenly woman with a filthy abode.

    Of course it’s possible she could have been both. But I think she looks smashing so I’m not put off either way; nor will I judge.

  2. Cerealously good point.
    Bike might have been more appropriate.
    Certainly vacuous airhead.

  3. Is this another word that white males aren’t allowed to use? As Gary says, the fems use “slutwalk”; and black people are allowed to say “nigger”.

  4. Who cares what the word is? What matters is when it was used: 2010, apparently. Have we really got to the point where, every few weeks, we have a political “scandal” because someone says someone said something once? Fuck off.

  5. But, well, hasn’t she just released a book telling us all how she went out boozing and shagging on one night stands for a few years as a result of the stress and trauma of the divorce of her own parents?

    This is the depressing part, the pop psychology. What’s wrong with just saying you went out boozing and shagging because you enjoyed boozing and shagging?

    And that’s really the problem here. It’s all very well getting up in arms about the word “slut”, but our matronly moral guardians really need to make their minds up about what the problem is; whether slutting is bad, or social disapproval of slutting is bad, and they can’t make their minds up because really the said matrons are fiercely disapproving of slutting and sluts but can’t admit to that, because of the confused Feminist ideology they’re bound up in.

  6. “Mr Fallon has been accused of calling Bryony Gordon, a writer for The Daily Telegraph newspaper, a slut when he met her”

    That’s a little misleading.
    Gordon wrote about it recently herself, without identifying Fallon. At the party, not knowing who she was, but discovering she worked at the Telegraph, he asked her whether she knew the slut who wrote the “Single Girl about Town” column, and was horrified when it turned out to be her. He spent the rest of the party apologising profusely apparently. Given the material of that column, one can see the potential for misunderstanding.

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