SlutWalking

Earlier this year a Toronto policeman told a group of students that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimised.”

Little did he know that his loose words would inspire a global movement called SlutWalking which protests against a culture that lays the blame for rape and sexual assault with the victim by reappropriating the term, slut. In many ways, the SlutWalking philosophy echoes that of the 1990’s riot grrrl.

SlutWalking has drawn thousands of women to the street in Toronto and there are marches planned in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia in the coming weeks.

Anything that challenges our society’s sexual double-standards is a good thing. And anything that encourages more sexual assault victims to come forward by removing the fear of blame is an exceptional thing. But I don’t like the use of the word slut. In fact, it makes me bristle.

Why should we accept a word that is intrinsically subordinate? It is loaded with misogyny and humiliation. It’s not a word I want to own. Ever.

I have always been upfront and unashamed of my sexuality. I am sexual. I enjoy sex. But I don’t want to accept a label that defines me by my sexual relationships and what I wear.

So I’ll march, stomp, holler all I possibly can for the right to wear and behave how I want without fear of harassment, but I for one, won’t be calling myself a slut.

Over to you – To slut or not. Is it all in a name?

 

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Image: Marissology

 

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