It was used to describe a woman as dirty, or refer to her as a prostitute, harlot, or immoral woman.
The word slut also took a similar form around the same era in the Norwegian language as "slutr" sleet, also known as an impure liquor.
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.
Model and actress Amber Rose was one of the first person who conducted and took a lead for a Slut Walk for people of color.
"The Amber Rose Slut Walk Festival is a completely inclusive space.
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.
Although a sexually active and professionally successful woman might be seen as a threat, a man without those qualities is often regarded with suspicion and questions about his sexuality.
Although slut is rarely used to describe heterosexual men, it is commonly used among gay males.
When discussing sexual activity, slut is used to shame gay men for taking sexual risks, such as unprotected sex or having multiple partners.
Similar terms used for men are cad, rake, male slut, man whore, himbo, womanizer, stud, and player.