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In Chapter 6: The Monster of Season 1 of Stranger Things, Steve had seen Nancy and Jonathan together in her house.

Based on what he saw he assumed that Nancy and Jonathan are together, and that Nancy was cheating on him. So he had called upon his friends and did that stupid thing of spray painting on the Hawk Theater board, "Nancy the slut Wheeler".

Even after that, at the end of the Season 1, it is shown that Nancy and Steve had reconciled.

How can she simply forgive him after his behavior towards her? Why did she even do that?

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    While some of of it might be plot convenience and typical 80's romantic comedy tropes, some of it has to do with the idea that *perhaps Nancy is a better person than he is, being more mature in some respects. (Steve is also pretty redeemable over the course of the next two seasons). I don't want to turn this into a full blown answer just yet, unless I find some of the executive producers comments to back it up more. – Darth Locke Aug 9 at 17:58
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Because this was an age before the notion of “slut-shaming” came into vogue. Nowadays calling a woman a slut might be an unforgivable thing, because in the feminist view you are oppressing women by casting moral judgment on their choices.

But in the 1980’s, the word was more common. It was still not a nice thing to say, but that’s just because to be promiscuous and “easy” was thought of as a bad thing, so being accused of that was bad because you were being accused of bad behavior, not because it was misogynistic or anything.

So while Nancy was angry that Steve was accusing her of cheating on him, it was the kind of thing you could forgive if the person later realized that you weren’t promiscuous and apologized for falsely accusing you. It wasn’t the kind of word that revealed that the person speaking it was fundamentally bad.

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