Slut Walk 2011

LaurenBlair

Did any of you take part in the Slut Walk this weekend? Unfortunately I was out of the city so I couldn’t participate. In case you are completely out of the loop and wondering what on earth I am talking about, here is a quick summary of Toronto’s first “Slut Walk”. br />
On April 3 "in fishnets and stilettos, t-shirts and jeans, a three-piece suit and a birthday suit, hundreds of self-proclaimed “sluts” marched through downtown Toronto. The walk was to protest a police officer’s suggestion that women could avoid sexual assault by not dressing provocatively." (Toronto Star) Organizers of the walk wanted to make a statement against these comments and let the public know that beliefs like those cannot and will not be tolerated.

Women young and old, off all races and beliefs, joined in the walk. Some were victims of rape or other assaults, some just supporters. Some women even carried signs to convey their message, like Polly Esther’s: “Xmas 1985. 14 years old. Bundled in layers. How did I deserve it?” 

So far SlutWalks are planned in other cities, including Vancouver, Ottawa and Boston.
Would you join the walk?



 

Apr 05, 2011 @ 11:07 am


9 Replies

meredithk115

Not sure...


Maybe I would, maybe I wouldn't. This is such a 'grey' area for me.

Unfortunately, assault is going to occur regardless of the clothing you are wearing. When I was (sexually) assaulted at my job, I was wearing a loose black t-shirt and black jogging pants. It doesn't matter.

While I don't necessarily agree with what the officer has suggested, I also don't agree that anyone should be walking around with all their "goods" out. However, I do enjoy fishnets and stilettos at work and at "play" (woo-hoooooo).

The victims remain victims when comments like that are made-it reinforces the belief that it's their 'fault'...
Apr 05, 2011 @ 12:28 pm
Ali de Bold

Not sure what to think

On one hand, a victim should never be blamed for being attacked. Everyone needs to control themselves. On the other hand, common sense should always dictate how you go around in public. It is foolish to walk alone at night dressed provocatively, just like it is foolish to swim in the ocean with a bloody leg. This is not to say your wardrobe can prevent an attack.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 01:03 pm
beachbabe

@ali-de-bold

I totally agree. It is never a victim's fault. Every man who has raped or sexually abused a woman is guilty of his own actions. However, just as Ali said, it's not smart to wear next to nothing and walk alone at night. It IS smart to stick with your friends on nights out. Friends that you trust.

Apr 05, 2011 @ 02:28 pm
LaurenBlair

No one deserves that

@Meredithk - I always love your input, yes fishnets can be a fun fashion piece!
@ali - I agree, common sense is always a must!


Obviously every assault is unique, some are planned and some are a matter of opportunity. In the planned assaults your wardrobe is not going to make much of a difference. In assaults that are out of opportunity maybe in some cases wardrobe was a factor. I think a lot of the protestors in the walk (and some of the discussion about the officer's comments) was about making it clear that however you dress you are never asking for it.

Apr 05, 2011 @ 02:38 pm
Becky

grey area...

I completely agree in that regardless of how you dress, you are NEVER asking to be assaulted. On the flip side, I also completely agree that you should have responsibility over the way you dress to make sure the plunging neckline isn't an incentive for the corner perv.

I really don't know if I'm explaining myself right... I just think of it simply as this: We can't control all the dust and dirt in the world. So instead of sweeping all the streets, we wear shoes.

If I had known about this "slut walk" I would have probably gone, because the way the policeman phrased it was just wrong. I think I know what he was getting at, but the way he said it was wrong. And it can totally be taken as justification by your local perv. To protest against that, I would go.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:13 pm
LaurenBlair

Also

I remember reading or hearing something about how people were worried that is the attitude: "women could avoid sexual assault by not dressing provocatively" was accepted then sexual predators in the future may be inclined to use it as a defence to sexual assault. "I couldn't control my actions because of the dress she was wearing".

Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:17 pm
mamaluv

common sense - exactly!

I have heard many times that women should wear their hair short - not long and certainly not in a ponytail - to reduce the likelihood of being attacked. This is because an attacker will hold the victim by his/her hair, an easy grab.

There are many many victims out there who could have not done anything differently to avoid what happened to them. However, there are women whose choices made them a more likely target than another person. Sometimes that's a wardrobe choice, walking alone, being obviously tipsy, or even simply wearing a ponytail.

The point is that we all have to take our own safety seriously and always ALWAYS make smart choices, understanding that any kind of incentive we might provide an assailant might make us more of a target.

I think one of the safest things you can do - aside from not being in the wrong neighbourhood in the middle of the night - is to never walk alone in the dark. You can be dressed any way you like, but if you are in the company of friends, you're just a little less likely to be an easy mark.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:19 pm
mamaluv

...and on the flip side...

I'm also hoping that this protest will end at this awareness campaign (and it's a good initiative, don't get me wrong!), and that women won't take this as encouragement to dress provocatively while on the street on any old night simply to prove a point.

There are some very mentally ill people out there who have more trouble controlling their impulses and compulsions than a healthy person. That's no excuse, but it is a factor.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:23 pm
kabingurl

Never heard of the slut walk

I have never heard of this event at all. But I did read some of the comments here and I agree that it doesn't matter what you wear, sexual assault will and does happen unfortunately. Nobody has the right to assault you regardless of the reason or what you're wearing!!! It's crazy. It's barbaric and I don't believe it will ever completely stop. It's kinda like drinking and driving, no matter what the penalties, guilt, social demonstrations, coalitions against the act itself, commercials etc.....there will always be people stupid enough to do this. The best defense is to know how to defend yourself, not be so trusting, and being aware of ones surroundings.
Nov 29, 2014 @ 11:17 am

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