Slutwalk in NYC Union Square
Today a movement took place in Union Square and various locations around the nation and other countries.IT was rally among women who have been sexually assaulted before. Their fight is against the opinions of officials who have advised wpmen to not dress slutty, in order to avoid any attack as a rape victim. These women say, it’s not the way we dress that is a factor, nor is it relevant. Check out details from the Huffington Post below.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Union Square for SlutWalk, an international grassroots movement to protest against sexual violence, victim-blaming and slut-shaming. They made signs in the morning before marching en masse and then reconvening in Union Square park for a rally.
The movement, which has held protests in Boston, Denver, San Francisco and New Dehli, India, originated earlier this year in response to a Toronto police constable who provoked outrage by saying women should avoid “dressing like sluts” in order to avoid being sexually assaulted.
Incidentally in New York last week, NYPD police officers warned women in Brooklyn not to show too much skin after a recent string of 10 sexual assaults has left Park Slope and the surrounding neighborhoods in fear.
Like their #OccupyWallStreet counterparts downtown, the SlutWalkers chanted “The people, united, can never be defeated.” And many of those who marched shared deeply personal, horrifying stories of sexual assault.
“The person who violated me was a person that I trusted, a person that I knew,” a woman told CBS News. “It wasn’t any sluttish behavior that got me raped.”
It was not only women at the rally. One man wanted to remind people that men can be victims too and carried a sign that said “I was wearing PANTS the night it happened.”
On a separate note, an Open Letter from members of Black Women’s Blueprint described how Slutwalk might not be an advantageous battle for women of color:
We are deeply concerned. As Black women and girls we find no space in SlutWalk, no space for participation and to unequivocally denounce rape and sexual assault as we have experienced it…As Black women, we do not have the privilege or the space to call ourselves “slut” without validating the already historically entrenched ideology and recurring messages about what and who the Black woman is. We don’t have the privilege to play on destructive representations burned in our collective minds, on our bodies and souls for generations. Although we understand the valid impetus behind the use of the word “slut” as language to frame and brand an anti-rape movement, we are gravely concerned.
What do you think of Slutwalk 2011? Does the protest make known to the public that rape is never ok, no matter what you are wearing.