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"Smut list" the latest in cyber-bullying

The "smut list" is a Mean Girl tradition that's as old as, well, teenage girls being mean. Now it's gone digital.

The latest case of cyber-bulling involves a "smut list" Facebook page listing about 100 girls by first and last name, ranked by their rumored amount of sexual experience. It received 7,000 "likes" before being taken down. An anti-smut-list Facebook page, decrying the gossip, meanwhile has gotten about 1,700 likes. (This particular list originated in the Westchester, N.Y., area, but sad to say it's probably happening all over the country.)

Linnese Ortega, a teenage mom, says that appearing on a Facebook "smut list" revived the pain of being singled out for her pregnancy: "I thought this nightmare was over."


While it appears that among the list creators' egregious acts is misusing the word "smut," they purposely avoided "slut" to evade Facebook's rules, Gothamist reports.

This sort of cyber-bullying is more insidious than the old-fashioned kind, because it can spread so much farther and faster, and because the Internet remembers things forever. But there's a benefit to a digital trail, and it became clear as internet security expert Parry Aftab discussed the case on TODAY. Blackberry messages and Facebook updates are a lot easier to trace than a notebook page ripped from someone's Trapper Keeper. If there's any justice, the instigators of the "Smut List" are shaking in their (designer) boots right now.

What do you think of this online "Smut List"? Do you remember similar lists from your youth? What message do you have for the girls named on it, as well as those who started it and added to it?