Study: Why do college students "slut shame"? Class warfare

What the researchers found is that class warfare, expressed in terms of sexuality, is alive and well. Rich girls, who have more hookups than their less well-to-do female classmates, believe their own sexual escapades are “classy.” Their poorer classmates who have the same sexual behaviors are “trashy,” or “slutty.”

That so-called “classiness” gives the more well-to-do young women license to enjoy sexual exploration without the fear of a derogatory label, explains lead researcher Elizabeth A. Armstrong, associate professor of sociology and organizational studies at the University of Michigan. …

The study found that participating in the Greek party scene signaled high-ranking campus status. And this pecking order largely fell along economic lines, with high-status women coming from upper and middle class families and lower-status women coming from middle and working class backgrounds.