Unlike women, who are expected to be sexually chaste, men are expected to be sexually active, thus having more sexual freedom.Although slut is rarely used to describe heterosexual men, it is commonly used among gay males.A notable example of this use is Samuel Pepys's diary description of his servant girl as "an admirable slut" who "pleases us mightily, doing more service than both the others and deserves wages better" (February 1664).Today, the term slut has a pervasive presence in popular culture and pornography, but is almost exclusively used to describe women.When discussing sexual activity, slut is used to shame gay men for taking sexual risks, such as unprotected sex or having multiple partners.However, if used in a humorous way, slut may also favor sexual freedom and mark the shift from traditional gender roles in gay men.They also dismiss female-on-male abuse, and are just as powerful and representative of modern societal prejudices.Hence, women may find it difficult to hold high positions at their workplace, whereas men may be mocked for choosing to be stay-at-home fathers.
Additional meanings and connotations of the term are negative and identify a slut as being a slovenly and ugly person, for example, as in these quotations from OED2: All Women's Talk posted an article titled 10 Signs You Might Be a Slut...
There have been many movements or "Slut Walks" taking place around the world to regain a sense of pride in women.
Many slut walks or movements protest against the idea that a woman's appearance, often considered promiscuous, is a justification of sexual assault and rape.
With BDSM, polyamorous, and non-monogamous people, in usage taken from the book The Ethical Slut, the term has been used as an expression of choice to openly have multiple partners, and revel in that choice: "a slut is a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you." A slut is a person who has taken control of their sexuality and has sex with whomever they choose, regardless of religious or social pressures or conventions to conform to a straight-laced monogamous lifestyle committed to one partner for life.
The term has been "taken back" to express the rejection of the concept that government, society, or religion may judge or control one's personal liberties, and the right to control one's own sexuality.A parallel exists between the female term slut and the term gay for males.