Are we really the fairer sex?

Women-shaming isn't new. 

Since the dawn of time, women have been blamed for actions that have involved themselves and members of the other sex. Mary Magdalene is known exclusively as a prostitute for her affairs with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Henry VIII's plentiful wives were beheaded for their part in not producing an heir. 

And, more recently, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were put head-to-head over the course of years on the back of the failings of Brad Pitt as a husband. Monica Lewinsky. Blac Chyna. Amber Rose. Kim Kardashian. Rita Ora. Cardi B. Iggy Azalea. Madonna. 

And that's before I even mention any of Christina Aguilera's back catalogue. 

Now, a 21-year-old woman has been vilified internationally for her alleged participation in an affair which involved a much older man. 

Have we learned nothing? We speak of lifting each other up and supporting one another until the bitter end – but, truthfully, nothing has changed. We are all just as quick to bash one another for situations that we could have easily seen ourselves in, at one stage or another. 

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Is it because we're all deeply self-conscious and truly desperate to not be the one shrouded in hate?

Or, perhaps it's because we feel we should have more faith in women over men? That some unspoken bond of sisterhood is solidified in our minds and that we expect men to break our hearts?

We're here to tell you that that's rubbish.

The only way to aid self-consciousness is to provide a safe haven of support and understanding; essentially the opposite of the environment we're currently creating. 

And more faith in men over women? Men need to be held more accountable for their actions. They can no longer be written off simply as 'bad boys' – these are the actions they have chosen to partake in and they should deal with the consequences. Good or bad. Male or female.

This is not a post about infidelity. The act of cheating is – without question – appalling. For any gender. This post is to remind us that we need to check our double standards when it comes to shaming women on any scale, never mind globally. 

For lack of a better phrase, it takes two to tango. The world only moves forward if we move with it – and as for slut-shaming in 2019? No way is that doing us any favours. 

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