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Attention whore is a slur and a concept referring to a person who actively seeks attention in ways or for reasons that are considered unacceptable. Most usually the term is used for a woman using her femininity and/or sexuality. The standards for what is and isn't attention whoring greatly differ depending on context. The term is used both by males and females to express distaste.

Issues with the concept arise when assumptions are made about whether high-attention appearance or activity is intended, and for what ends (whether it's attention whoring), or about what assumptions can be made about a person who is attention whoring. Examples:

  • "She's wearing a tank top, and she must know this is a Boy's club, so she must be attention whoring."
  • "She has an explicitly female UID, so she must be attention whoring."
  • "She's clearly attention whoring, so she must be looking for sex."
  • "She's clearly attention whoring, so she must be conniving."
  • "She's clearly attention whoring, so she must have a ton of gifted items and help from guys, so she's cheating at the game."

Double standard

A double standard exist where a woman is considered an attention whore for using her looks and/or sexuality to draw attention to whatever, but the industry/media should be allowed to use a woman's looks and/or sexuality to draw attention to whatever.