i only figured out last night, at the tegan & sara show, that the word ‘lunatic’ has its etymological roots on the moon:
Originally, affected with the kind of insanity that was supposed to have recurring periods dependent on the changes of the moon. In mod. use, synonymous with insane (adj.); current in popular and legal language, but not now employed technically by physicians.
The examples cited in the OED are evenly split between gender, so I don’t think its roots lie solely in references to menstrual cycles.
"Or better yet, try to get a rape conviction to pass when the victim was wearing anything but head to toe clothing covering any of her lustful body parts." →
I guess I just see this as your more inexcusable manifestations of what I’d call the garden-variety sexism that exists in male-dominated outposts of culture (ie all of it); when I hear the term “slut-shaming” (which I should probably note has only cropped up in my orbit in the past 18-24 months or so) it is usually used in a personally defensive way, and inexactly, and sometimes in response to people levying what might be legitimate criticisms against a person’s self-described behavior when it happened to include sex. I would probably be remiss if I didn’t note that the recent firestorm over privilege and Slutwalk didn’t also feed into my unease with the term. Thanks for the reading suggestion though.