The Problem with “Pimping”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or DSK, was recently charged with aggravated pimping.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was recently charged with aggravated pimping. Credit: Wikipedia.

By Juliana Jiménez

In the same way that the reaction to Trayvon Martin’s death revealed the charged and potentially racist meanings of a hoodie, the reaction to Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest last week on a warning of “aggravated pimping” highlighted an Orwellian distortion of the meaning of the word “pimp.” A large swath of the public’s reaction to the news on Twitter and in online forums was a variant of “damn, most awesome charge ever!” when, of course, there’s nothing all that cool about violently exploiting women …

Read the rest of this article on Slate’s DoubleX Factor blog.

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