Let’s hear it for the Sluts

May 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm 1 comment

A mixture of emotions here. First off, anger with the EXTREMELY STUPID Canadian policeman who told a group of students that women had to “stop dressing like sluts” if they wanted to avoid being attacked. (Thinking it is one thing, Mr Mountie, but saying it, as you have now learned, is quite another)

But here’s the good news, involving amusement and even a bit of hope. There’s been a fuss. AND an embryonic Sluts’ chorus is springing up all over the rich world, in the form of Slutwalks. These consist of organised marches by women wearing what they damn well want. (In my case this means dressing for warmth and comfort – see pic on your right!)

Now, I understand why people might have reservations about this approach, but I think it’s intelligent. For women to be safer we need people (and by people I mean a small minority of men) to stop attacking them. Simple.

 It’s not about what the woman wears – it’s about what the man thinks. So let’s put on our fishnets (real or metaphorical) and reclaim the vocabulary…and eventually the streets.

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  • 1. Roisin Sweeny  |  May 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Hi, yes I’m for it too, though as with many women had reservations about the name/concept at first. But anything that gets women collectively saying “You can’t rape me” into the media is a good thing. I’m not sure how small the minority is either, young men now are learning about sex from porn, and things are getting much worse for women in the generations coming up behind us. All the more reason to be happy about this.

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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