Slut Walking

Posted on November 30, 2011

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SlutWalk is part of a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture and victim-blaming.

What does this mean? Well, it means that when you make comments such as: “She was drunk”, “She was wearing a short skirt?” or “What did she expect dressed like that?”, YOU are blaming the vicitim instead of the perpetrator.

FACT: Sexual assault remains the most under-reported of crimes due to the fact the the victim is often blamed and shamed. In fact, researchers have found that about 84% of victims do not report the assault to law enforcement.

Critics of the SlutWalk campaign describe it as a worthwhile feminist movement that is going about it the wrong way. As Professor Gail Dines put it “By having a ‘slut walk’, you have turned the focus onto what women are wearing”. And to some degree, I agree with her comment. But mainstream media is to blame for this shift in focus. Let’s face it, having sexy headlines and photographs of women parading the streets in broad daylight in provocative attire sells newspapers and generate clicks. In truth however, the march is not a sea of provocatively dressed women. Most women actually wear jeans and walking shoes.

Professor Gail Dines also pointed out that “The men who are responding to this campaign are not getting the irony at all” – and I find it difficult to NOT believe this statement. It is a classic example of what I like to call “rock-ape mentality”.

So let’s make this clear: Women dressed in slut attire during SlutWalk are making the statement that sexual assault has nothing to do with what a person is wearing. No whistling.

Many cities around the world and in Australia held SlutWalks earlier this year and Perth has finally caught on! So, if you are in Perth this Saturday 3rd December 2011: join the SlutWalkPerth!

good night!

T

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