I don't mean anything by it. I'm just taking the word back!
Maureen Dowd, NYTimes: What's Up, Slut? (TimesSelect Wall; full article at Ed Strong)
After eons of being a summary judgment that a woman is damaged goods, the word slut has shifted into more ambiguous territory. It can still be an insult, especially since there is no pejorative equivalent to suggest that a man has sullied himself with too many sexual partners. Men are players, women are sluts, just the way men are tough and women are bitchy.
A topic that is clearly near and dear to MoDo's heart; if you've ever watched any of her TV appearances you'll know what I mean.