And it only seemed to happen when the poorer women tried to make inroads with the richer ones.“There was one instance where one of the [working class] women, Stacey, was watching the show and made some comment about the sexual behavior of one of the characters of the show,” Armstrong told me.“And a rich woman, Chelsea, said something like, ‘Oh, you're such a slut yourself, you shouldn't be calling her out.’ It was supposed to be a joke, but it misfired and [Stacey] ran crying from the room.”A series of emissaries were sent up and down the hall in an attempt to make amends, but the damage had been done.“None of the other women in the room chimed in to defend Stacey’s virtue,” Armstrong notes.By Armstrong’s tally, more rich women than poor women took part in hook-ups throughout college.In 2004, two women who were long past college age settled into a dorm room at a large public university in the Midwest.
The researchers interviewed the 53 women on their floor every year for five years—from the time they were freshmen through their first year out of college.
Each group tended to band together, with the poorer half feeling excluded from Greek life and other high-status social activities.
Several of the low-income students, for example, balked at the cost of the "rush" t-shirt, Armstrong said.
“She would only have sex with guys who didn't know each other.
She constantly misrepresented what she was doing and didn't tell people where she was going.”One of the most striking things Armstrong learned was that, despite the pervasiveness of slut-shaming, there was no cogent definition of sluttiness, or of girls who were slutty, or even evidence that the supposedly slutty behavior had transpired.