Monday, October 10, 2011

What Do You Think Of The Slutwalks?

The slutwalk marches began on April 3, 2011 in Canada and have since become an international movement with massive marches taking place globally. Slutwalk protests aim to trash the idea that female rape victims are "asking for it".

The initial march was a response to the remarks made by a Toronto police officer who said that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized", and also in response to comments made by a Manitoba judge when giving a convicted rapist a sentence of house arrest.

Sadly the police  perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and thus failed the victim. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Rape is not related to clothing or even to sex it is a show of power and control.

I understand the movment although I am not certain that objectifying women's bodies by taking them out onto the streets in 'sexy wear' is something that will benefit rape victims in the future even more so because we live in a world where women do 'sexy' to catch male interest when selling everything from cereal to deodrant.

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1 comment:

The Sailor Taylor said...

This is just.. Not smart. While the police officer's comments were not the brightest, how a woman dresses DOES provoke certain feelings and reactions. Call me crazy, but wearing nothing but a thong will promote rape more than a chador. Just a thought.