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In AE, at least, scum –when used as a slang word referring to a person or a group of people– usually has nothing to do with sex, nor does it tend to be used to describe men more often than women. It means someone or people who is/are morally, culturally and otherwise bereft, i.e. 'the lowest of the low'.
A more extended expression is 'the scum of the earth'. (in other words, appearing, behaving about as advanced as a protozoan, algae, etc. A similar derogatory term is 'the dregs of society'.
The three-volume print version of Green's Dictionary of Slang gives examples of US slang use from 1944 to 2002 (not included in the free online version) where the literal meaning "semen" is obvious.
I (non-US) have not personally encountered this slang use of the word.The same goes for the use of scumbag
to mean a condom.