The slut-shaming of Kristen Stewart

I was standing in line at the supermarket check-out the other day and, as I usually do to pass the time, read the headlines of the gossip mags.  I was struck by the fact that almost every single headline trumpeted Kristen Stewart’s cheating on Robert Pattinson.  I was horrified!  This is one of the worst cases of slut-shaming I’ve seen in a long time.

So, Kristen Stewart had sex with a man that was not her boyfriend.  Did she break any vows?  No, because she wasn’t married.  Did she try to cover it up?  No, she was completely honest and apologised for the hurt she caused.  What did she get in return?  Being labelled a “cheater” on the front page of every tabloid in the western world:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2179857/Kristen-Stewarts-cheating-Robert-Pattinson-looking-easy-way-claims-relationship-expert.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2179664/Robert-Pattinson-cheat-Kristen-Stewart-You-completely-humiliated-me.html (check out the poll attached to the article)

http://www.eonline.com/news/333148/kristen-stewart-cheating-on-robert-pattinson-everything-we-know

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kristen-stewarts-cheating-scandal-a-timeline-of-events-2012267

etc. etc. ad nauseum

On the other hand, let’s take a little look at the other party to this indiscretion.  He’s a married man who broke his vows to the mother of his children.  He abused his position of relative power (director) to sleep with a woman half his age (41 vs 22).  What does he get?  Instant fame, and a subtle slap on the back for bagging the young star:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/07/who-is-kristen-stewarts-hookup-rupert-sanders/

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/08/09/will-cheating-scandal-hurt-or-help-careers-rupert-sanders-and-liberty-ross/

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