The G.A.G.: Thots

It’s in the middle of 2014 and this “THOT” word has gotten to the point where it’s been used way too much. For those who don’t know what a THOT is? It stands for That Hoe Out There but mostly, the society goes by That Hoe Over There instead. Like really now? Who took the time out to come up with this irrelevant word?

How did it started?
According to Complex, Wale is the latest rapper to capitalize on the newly popular slang term. Yep, the well-know n hip hop rapper became the first in this generation to create a popular slang term – for women that is. But all the fingers point to the city of Chicago, where videographer Duan Gaines is from. He was shooting Chief Keef’s “Aimed At You” video, where he first discovered the term “Thot” and then spread it throughout the social media in 2012 on Twitter as a trending topic. That seems like a lot of hard work and time consuming just to develop a popular slang term that will later cause some problems with the society.

What’s the real definition of a THOT?
The word defines as in calling a woman promiscuous – that is the practice of having casual sex frequently with different partners. Yes, this term is an additional insult to women and their sexuality. The word also relates to the same thing as a “whore,” “slut,” “tramp,” “ho,” “squally,” “skank,” “bitch,” “ratchet,” etc.

Katie Got Bandz, whose real name is Kiara Johnson, has a song called “Riding Around and We Drillin,” which became the earliest song to popularize the slang term. According to Complex, she stated, “I like using the word ‘thot.’ It ain’t what you say, it’s how you say it.” And this is where problems begin to rise. “Thot” is not just becoming a popular slang term, it’s becoming offensive, a huge problem, and a upcoming stereotype for women.

What effects does the term have on women?
This effects many women in numerous ways, especially the ones who works hard to keep up a good image. This term definitely damages the reputation (image) of women, dehumanizes them, leads to dangerous activities, and pushes the saying “sex sells.”

Damon Young, an editor for Very Smart Brothas, stated in his article that “the thinking that leaves women and girls vulnerable to rape and abuse and traps men and boys in ideas of manhood and boyhood that encouraged unprotected sex with multiple partners and all of the consequences that can follow when we are still very young.” And I find this statement to be very true because the generation that we live in today are full of young people who believe it’s okay to live a lifestyle without being taught the principles of professionalism and manners, which I believe these elements has been lost over the years.

Can we put an end to this term?
I believe everyone can put an end to this term. Why? It’s irrelevant and plus, it’s not even added to anyone’s dictionary – except for Urban Dictionary. This word has been overly used numerous times in various social networks and pictures. What if you were in a woman’s shoes and “Thot” was directed towards many women including yourself? How would you feel if Nicki Minaj, for example, came out with her own slang term that’s directed towards men in a negative way? What if it was directed towards someone you was close to, such as a family member or a friend? I’m pretty sure, many women are very offended upon the outraged popularity of this term.

In the Daily Beast, Amanda Marcotte said, “You have to be sexy, but remember that your sexuality can and will be used at any point in time to disparage you. If you dare express an opinion or try to assert yourself, then you run the risk of having your gender and sexuality invoked to put you in your place.” Thot is a funny word to say but be aware of who you’re saying it to because there are people in this world that takes things, like this, to the heart.




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