(Think of Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian, for whom public displays of sexuality were the rocket fuel on which they jetted to fame.)“The high-status women would literally snub or look through the poorer women,” Armstrong said. We spent a lot of time asking who would say hi to who; who would let the door slam in someone's face.”According to Armstrong, one sorority member said, “I only see people who are Greek; I don't know who the other students are.

They are like extras.”The rampant slut-shaming, Armstrong found, was only a symptom of the women’s entrenched classism.

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And it only seemed to happen when the poorer women tried to make inroads with the richer ones.“There was one instance where one of the [working class] women, Stacey, was watching the show and made some comment about the sexual behavior of one of the characters of the show,” Armstrong told me.

“And a rich woman, Chelsea, said something like, ‘Oh, you're such a slut yourself, you shouldn't be calling her out.’ It was supposed to be a joke, but it misfired and [Stacey] ran crying from the room.”A series of emissaries were sent up and down the hall in an attempt to make amends, but the damage had been done.

Their findings about the students’ academic success later formed the basis for , their recent book about how the college experience bolsters inequality.

They found that the women’s “trajectories were shaped not only by income ...

As one woman said, “Sorority girls are kind of whorish and unfriendly and very cliquey.”Armstrong notes that midway through their college experience, none of the women had made any friendships across the income divide.

To Armstrong, it seemed like even though the wealthy and poor women were slut-shamed roughly equally in private, it was mostly only the poor women who faced public slut-shaming.

but also by how much debt they carried, how much financial assistance they could expect from their parents, their social networks, and their financial prospects.”But in the process, they began to notice that the women’s attitudes about sex were also influenced by their families’ incomes.

On top of asking the students about GPAs and friend groups, the researchers also dug into their beliefs about morality—sometimes through direct questions, but often, simply by being present for a late-night squabble or a bashful confession.“We were there on the floor when these dramas would emerge about slut-bashing,” Armstrong told me.

“We saw working class girls walk out of their dorms to visit boys, and the privileged girls would say, ‘why are you wearing that?