What Paris Hilton Says About Our Culture Of Slut-Shaming

Thought Catalog

In a weird way, I came of age in the Paris Hilton generation, when the wealthy socialite and her hoard of louboutin-wearing celebutantes stormed the media in matching tans. Paris Hilton came from nowhere to conquer the tabloids, creating a media frenzy for just existing — whether it was walking her toy dog or going out to clubs. Most famous people we expect to perform for our pleasure — by acting in a film or contributing to the entertainment cycle — but Paris didn’t do anything except be wealthy, the daughter of a billionaire. Fame was the spectacle.

However, it wasn’t just wealth that made Paris famous. We all know how she got there: a sex tape. Titled “1 Night in Paris,” footage of her getting intimate with her boyfriend leaked onto the internet in 2004, a video she sued to try to stop from getting out. Hilton claimed that…

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