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We’ve got a bombshell: Sluts don’t exist. Contrary to what you may have heard in middle school—and high school and college and at camp and work and everywhere forever—women who love their bodies and feel empowered to explore their sexuality are just that. “Sluttiness” is an illusion.

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Unfortunately, slut-shaming is very real. (Even “The Bachelorette” isn’t safe from it.) Research shows women use “slut” as a catch-all insult to bring other women down, yet the label usually has little do with a woman’s actual sex life. The insult teaches women—and the rest of the world—that loving sex is wrong. But only if you’re a girl.

Men have been allowed to enjoy sex forever. (Like, forever.) Why shouldn’t women be allowed the same? Let’s #EndSlutShaming now.

Taryn Hillin is Fusion's love and sex writer, with a large focus on the science of relationships. She also loves dogs, Bourbon barrel-aged beers and popcorn — not necessarily in that order.