Justice

Tweet Used Sandwiches to Slut-Shame Taylor Swift

July 6th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

A crude tweet that shames Taylor Swift for her love life has been circulating Twitter — surfacing online shortly after it was reported that she's dating actor Tom Hiddleston.

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The tweet, which was posted by user Jennifer Mayers, displays two side-by-side sandwiches. The one on the left is overflowing with slices of deli meat, while the one on the right is almost all bread. Mayers wrote that Swift's vagina represents the sandwich on the left, making a foul — and false — insinuation about the singer's personal life.

This comparison insinuates that the singer has a "loose" vagina, likely in reference to her high-profile dating.

This is not only a way of slut-shaming the star for being a perfectly normal 20-something, but it perpetuates the myth that women who have sex have "loose" vaginas. This idea, however, is without merit. ATTN: has previously debunked the myth that a woman's vagina loosens each time she has sex.

“Many people falsely assume that women who have less sex have ‘tighter’ vaginas, and women who have more sex have ‘looser’ vaginas—but this is just a complete misconception,” Dr. Jennifer Wider, a women's health specialist, told Women's Health Magazine in 2015. "[Vaginal muscles] contract and go back to their normal shape after sexual intercourse and also after childbirth.

Though Mayers' tweet has over 1,000 retweets, many people have criticized her remarks:

This isn't the first time someone has made unpleasant comments about Swift's personal life or her body.

In early June, Swift experienced a major backlash on social media over her breakup with DJ Calvin Harris. Some Twitter users questioned her sexuality, sanity, and abilities in bed as a result of the split. Some people claimed that the breakup must have been her fault, referring to other relationships in the past that didn't work out:

Swift previously spoke out to major women's magazines about feeling judged for her love life. In an interview with Vogue for the publication's May 2016 cover story, Swift lamented the number of "incredibly sexist Men-of-Taylor-Swift slideshows" on the internet. In 2015, Swift told Glamour U.K. that she thinks the media has sent her a "really unfair message" that she is "not allowed to date for excitement, or fun, or new experiences or learning lessons."

"I'm only allowed to date if it's for a lasting, multiple-year relationship. Otherwise I'm a, quote, 'serial dater'. Or, quote, 'boy crazy'. The narrative has been so wrong, every time it was the same. It's 'Taylor spotted talking to this guy, she's chasing him.' They create a beginning to the story that didn't happen most of the time, so then they have to create an ending."