This past week there was SlutWalk in NYC with about 4,000 women and men in attendance. This comes in response to the feeling that women are being blamed for any sexual violence that occurs. Women are being told to be careful, dress conservatively, and don’t invite any attention to themselves. Protesters at SlutWalks across the globe are arguing that we should be more concerned with educating our populations on self control as opposed to asking targeted people to live their lives differently. Taking back the word slut may seem extreme, but co-founders Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis decided to use the word slut in their response because of the shock factor as well as to address the conotation that surrounds the word. Their argument? No one should have to make a concious effort to NOT dress/act a certain way in order to avoid inviting violence.
The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011 in Toronto Canada, and became a movement of rallies across the world. On January 24, 2011 Constable Michael Sanguinetti spoke on crime prevention at a York University (Toronto Canada) safety forum. He said: “women should avoid dressing like sluts n order not to be victimized.”
What do you think about the SlutWalks taking place all over the world? Do you agree? Disagree? Want to get involved?
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