Anyone else following the Slutwalk movement? What are your opinions about it? Anyone participating or participated?
never heard of it, gonna go research
Huh I think this is something I could really get behind, and I'm surprized there isn't one in my city (Columbus, OH) or state yet. Might have to do something about that...
I had never heard of it either. Thank you for letting us know about this. Shit like this makes me so mad. I've been volunteering as a sexual assault advocate and counselor for about three years now, and while i can't talk about details of cases, i can say that i can't tell you how many times i wish i could punch the cops in the face. One of our education specialist once told me that when she asks classrooms (both high school and college) to raise their hand if they believe a woman walking down the street naked deserves to be raped, some people actually raise their hands. It's mind boggling to me.
The website let me know there is a walk going on like 15 minutes from my house on saturday. I'm going out of town for the whole weekend and taking off tomorrow so i can't make it. WAAAAAAH!!!! :( But according to the facebook page, there will be 1,018 attending. That's pretty amazing.
http://tothecurb.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/slutwalk-a-stroll-through-white-supremacy/ check out this link- its a critique on the overly white nature of slutwalk
I live within a few hours of Toronto where the cop made the comment and this is big here. Have some friends involved, and others very not involved (like there is some backlash against the movement from local feminist activists), and we even talked about it in class.
To be honest despite this I'm not sure I can figure it out entirely. I mean is the goal to reclaim and/or destigmatize the word slut, and sluttiness? Or just protest against the cop's idiocy, and victim blaming in general? The way the justice system handles rape? All of the above?
Momnipotent - I think it's both to reclaim the word slut and denounce victim-blaming.
sherylsue - more food for thought about the racism aspect:
boigrrlwonder- thanks so much, i think the tone of these articles will reach a bigger audience. I feel so oblivious to some of these issues, as a white girl I haven't had to think of other's views on sexuality and its good to be reminded to think of them. It can be easy to forget about the windows through which we see the world. Also, where I grew up was predominitally white and I think I naively didn't realise some of these stereotypes existed. I do think that the ideas behind slutwalk are good, and that a world where "asking for it" is out of the vernacular would be amazing. I now live in a real city with all sorts of beautiful colors, cultures and people and try to be mindful in where my predjudices lie and where my privledges are- girlmom is one of the places that made me spot a lot I'd missed and I'm glad it continues to do so.