Despite Backlash, W.Va. Teen Stands By Calling Pro-Abstinence Speaker ‘Slut Shamer’

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"If there is a student sitting in this gym who has had sex, let me tell you something: I am pretty sure I know about you."


That's one thing students at George Washington High School in Charleston, W. Va. heard in April. Nearly 1,000 students, on their first day back from spring break, sat in an assembly, many in disbelief.

The speaker was Pam Stenzel, an internationally recognized, highly paid lecturer. She speaks to more than half a million young people each year, all over the world, about sexuality and the importance of self-restraint.

An 18-year-old honor student named Katelyn Campbell was outraged by Stenzel's speech, calling it "slut shaming." She explained the phrase in an interview with "20/20" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

"Slut shaming was just the word in the vernacular of GW [high school] that came to mind," she said. "I mean, it's your prerogative who you want to have sex with; it's none of my business."

Slut shaming is the modern-day scarlet letter. Usually a teenage phenomenon, and done mostly online, it's calling out and shaming a peer — usually a girl — for allegedly being sexually active.

Campbell couldn't believe the arrows were being shot by an adult hired to speak to her school about sex.

"The tone in her videos was really combative," Campbell said. "It just seemed like she was going out to get anyone who'd already had sex."

Written By: Resa Matthews
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    • In reply to #1 by rzzz:

      In Australia such a speech on abstinence would be regarded by the students a comedy sketch.

      In Los Angeles and New York it would be as well. It’s a bunch of the places in between them where there are lots of chowderheads who actually take Pam Stenzel seriously.

  1. …And yet ABC’s correspondent Resa Matthews (the writer of the article) herself asks:

    Couldn’t Stenzel’s approach help lower West Virginia’s rate of teen pregnancy, which is ninth in the country?

    Um….no?

    Statistically, comprehensive sex education and birth control access by far reduces teen pregnancy rates over abstinence-only education strategies. Furthermore the practice of slut-shaming also has the nasty tendency to catch female rape victims in its wake, since the non-virgin = damaged goods message does not rule out those who were coerced into sexual activity.

    And again, there are significant values, even as an underaged teen, to sexual awareness which tends to be developed by sexual activity, including safe sexual practices and awareness of one’s own sexual limits, so one knows personal needs and limits. (And this kind of information can make or break long-term relationships and marriages.)

  2. In reply to #1 by rzzz:

    In Australia such a speech on abstinence would be regarded by the students a comedy sketch.

    G’day. I totally agree. I can’t imagine any High School here where this wouldn’t be seen as ridiculously amusing.

    • I graduated from this school last year and I assure you 95% of students found it amusing and they did not take it seriously
      In reply to #7 by zeerust2000:

      In reply to #1 by rzzz:

      In Australia such a speech on abstinence would be regarded by the students a comedy sketch.

      G’day. I totally agree. I can’t imagine any High School here where this wouldn’t be seen as ridiculously amusing.

  3. Pam Stenzel:

    “If there is a student sitting in this gym who has had sex, let me tell you something: I am pretty sure I know about you.”

    Mr DArcy:

    If there is a repressed, ignorant and would be bully Christian on this site, let me tell you something. I am pretty sure I know abut you.

  4. Was at my daughters high school graduation last week brought back a lot of great memories of my high school years. I can assure you these young adults know exactly what they want! No loud mouth ‘slut shamer’ or a dozen ‘slut shamers’ for that matter talking about sex have a chance of altering their minds at that age…

  5. I live in Charleston, West Virginia and we are not known for Buckwild, that is Sissonville, nor are we known for our crazy college kids partying, that is Morgantown.

    That’s like saying Sacramento, California is known for their movie studios.

  6. In the raunch culture in which I live “slut shaming” doesn’t exist or exists only very locally and in people’s personal relationships (so it can still impact people in a very bad way). What does exist (and more on a cultural scale) is “prude shaming” or “virgin shaming”. As another poster said most students laugh at these sort of abstinence seminars. (for good reason…like not being effective).

    Anyway I’m glad some students are standing up against these abstinence seminars. Good for her.

  7. If schools want to invite comedians, why not use professional entertainers. If health educators are needed -why not use professionals.
    Who needs to invite ignorant bigoted muppets into schools?

  8. Is Pam Stenzel married or what? (She seems somehow to have escaped or litigated her way out of a Wikipedia entry).

    If she is, why?

    What red blooded male with an ounce of self-respect would want to admit to sleeping with the shrivelled old prune?

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