The Slut Walk

The Slut Walk

“No matter who you are

No matter where you work

No matter how you identify

No matter how you flirt

No matter what you wear

No matter whom you choose to love

No matter what you said before:

NO ONE has the right to touch you without your consent. SlutWalk NYC is part of a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and working to end sexual and domestic violence.” – Mission statement(I pulled this from the Toronto SlutWalk website)http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/

       I heard about this movement about a year ago from a teacher in my second semester of my freshman year. If you aren’t familiar with the movement itself, the above mission statement explains exactly what these women are about and what they are fighting for. I agree with their mission entirely, however there has been an immense controversy surrounding the movement itself.  The following picture should explain a little bit of why the Slut Walk has spurred so much talk and misunderstanding… 

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          Women in lingerie and pumps (or topless) walking the public streets isn’t something that everyone agrees with, no matter what message they send. Granted, not everyone in this movement shows up for rally’s half naked, but it sure draws a lot of attention, both positive and negative. I think they are completely justified in their mission, no matter how they want to go about it. What right does ANYONE have to judge one by his or her appearance? To call someone a slut because they wear a low cut shirt or blame the woman for “asking for it” when someone violates them is completely unjustified. The slut walk mission showed me once more how different gender roles are in certain societies, especially here in the United States. Those who study anthropology know that gender roles are constructed depending on the type of society one comes from. For example, nude beaches are huge in several places around the world, but if in the U.S a woman decided to go topless while tanning in her own backyard and was seen, her behavior would be deemed indecent. There are Indian societies in which being in the nude is the social norm…but in Afghanistan women must be covered from head to toe.

            We as humans are sexual beings, why should we not be able to act out in any way we wish? I’m not recommending we all go naked to class and start dressing scandalous, and I think that’s where the misinterpretation lies in this movement. The women are showing up in scandalous dress for the very point of grabbing attention, and it worked. What I am saying, and I think most of the women are saying as well, is that women shouldn’t be judged depending on who they are or how they represent themselves. Our society has this very specific idea (better since the late 19th century) of how a woman should be and a very specific idea of how a man should be. I mean seriously, if a woman has sex in high school she’s a slut, but if a guy sleeps with half the school he’s AWESOME in male standards. Women are judged by everything they do, everything they wear, how much makeup they put on… how is that fair? The point is that wearing a low cut shirt or heels doesn’t mean the girl is trying to “get it,” and it definitely isn’t an invitation to touch.

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About myykallbee

Student in anthropology, I absolutely love culture, history, and people!
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4 Responses to The Slut Walk

  1. jenahmoody says:

    My sister-in-law did this walk and I think it is a very cool thing that they are doing. Interesting title, but it certainly gets people’s attention!

  2. Thinking about the word “slut” is key here. Most importantly, a slut is someone who is promiscuous. Someone who sleeps around and doesn’t say no. What happens then, when the slut DOES say no? Same thing as when anyone else says no, i.e. no means no – that’s what.

    And being called a slut is a bad thing. Nobody wants to be called a slut. So by identifying with it they are rebelling, but the sluts are asking us to rebel with them against unreasonable social norms which in the case of sexual harassment or abuse, puts the burden of proof on the victim. THat’s messed up and we should rebel against it.

    Slut is never a word used to describe a man except perhaps in jest. What the sluts are doing is clearly marking themselves as women and asking us to to identify with them. We’re all sluts. And just like the sluts when we say no, we mean it.

    • myykallbee says:

      I like the way you laid it out here, I didnt take it from the prospective of only the “sluts”. I know a lot of people who are part of this who arent, I think theres a lot of people from different points of view who are making a statement here

  3. ibens001 says:

    when reading the topic i said OMG…I think this is a good movement that they have established i feel that no female should be disrespected and called out of her name. so for these people naming it that is giving these women a better view on why they shouldn’t be tampered with.

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