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Slut Walk

Slut Walk's tomorrow! If you can come out to it, join some BARCC volunteers, community activists, cool people and good folks to push back against rape culture. Here's some background on the Slut Walk movement, that started in Toronto:

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force's view of sexual assault by stating: "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized".

As the city's major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of 'the slut', and in doing so have failed us. 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. Being assaulted isn't about what you wear; it's not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it's okay to blame the victim.

Historically, the term 'slut' has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one's character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we're taking it back. "Slut" is being re-appropriated.

Boston Slut Walk kicks off tomorrow at noon at the Boston Common Gazebo, and runs throughout the day. There will be exciting speakers, including one of my feminist heroes, Jaclyn Friedman (if you haven't heard Jaclyn speak yet, you really ought to). After the speakers, the Slut Walk team has what looks to be a pretty boss line-up of panels and workshops taking place over at Encuentro on Harrison Ave; check the Slut Walk Facebook page for more details about the event.

So! If you're looking for an opportunity to be outside on a Saturday in May (it's supposed to be a little overcast and sprinkle a bit tomorrow, but also be like 70 degrees), then you should come out to Slut Walk. If you're looking for an opportunity to meet some really cool activists, come to Slut Walk. If you're looking to wear a funky costume, and see other people who are, you should come to Slut Walk. If you want to hear 150 cc's of vicious rhetoric about how stupid rape culture is, you should come to Slut Walk.

And if you need any...motivation to come out and fight rape culture, check this out (trigger warning).

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Posted by Dave

Dave
Dave has volunteered with BARCC since 2007 and works in higher education administration. He also facilitates a men's pro-feminist group, is a STARZ member of Socializing for Justice, a Yelp Elite '10 member, and sits on the advisory council of the Boston Medical Center's domestic violence prevention board. He got involved with BARCC to further his understanding of feminism and gender justice, and also to get the chance to show his speaking skills far and wide. He lives in Allston, where the music is.

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  1. I think this is a great way to point out how ridiculous the authorities attitude is towards rape can be.

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