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Sluts, socialists and tumble weed – “Prostitution is not permission”

By creative_canberran - 6 June 2011 25

I think by the time prominent local feminist Melinda Tankard Reist had joined others speaking of the folly of reclaiming the word “slut”, it had become clear that SlutWalk wasn’t something to be taken seriously.

No surprise then that of the almost 800 who RSVPed on Facebook for Canberra’s walk, less than 100 actually attended.

Of those, many seemed to be incidental attendees anyway. The organisers interviewed by the Canberra Times made yesterday’s cold weather a scapegoat. Perhaps though other factors were at play:

  • First and foremost, this was always a stunt by student politicians and interest groups. Hence Socialist Alternative had a stall set up at the rally rather than the Rape Crisis Centre or other victims and women’s groups.
  • The messages at the event were at times amusingly odd including a curious banner saying “Prostitution is not permission” captured and published by CT.
  • Some participants messages were downright counterproductive including one that claimed women aren’t responsible for their own safety.
  • The march included an inordinate number of grey haired blokes, walking alone without banners but some with cameras. Curiously absent were women in the same age group… kinda strange.

To those participants who did turn up with messages of rape being unacceptable and women deserving respect while avoiding the term “slut”, good work. Congrats for sending a very important and and mature message. A shame though those messages had to compete with those of confused cheerleaders and politics.

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Sluts, socialists and tumble weed – “Prostitution is not permission”
Watson 9:01 pm 06 Jun 11

Stevian said :

BimboGeek said :

Has Stevian been dating a fake-arsed Manuka skank? Nice women don’t expect to be paid for their time. We generally find the concept insulting.

We pay our cash (dinner, etc) and you can still say no. It’s a mugs game

Definitely sounds like you should start dating some women under 60…

Stevian 8:43 pm 06 Jun 11

BimboGeek said :

Has Stevian been dating a fake-arsed Manuka skank? Nice women don’t expect to be paid for their time. We generally find the concept insulting.

We pay our cash (dinner, etc) and you can still say no. It’s a mugs game

mouthface 5:10 pm 06 Jun 11

Damn, no sluts actually turned up. Just your typical garden variety assortment of very unsexy lefty types. Anticlimax to say the least.

BimboGeek 4:27 pm 06 Jun 11

Has Stevian been dating a fake-arsed Manuka skank? Nice women don’t expect to be paid for their time. We generally find the concept insulting.

colourful sydney rac 4:03 pm 06 Jun 11

j4ck said :

Perhaps though other factors were at play, like the fact that the event was called “Slut Walk”. Maybe? How do you think the general public will react to an event like that? Sounds like the event organisers were a bunch of bored ANU students with nothing better to do with their time. Good try guys.

perhaps equip yourself with facts before posting – you are less likely to look ignorant.

Stevian 3:29 pm 06 Jun 11

Classified said :

bleebleeblee said :

matt31221 said :

Prostitution is not permission??? OMG.

Men are the evil penetrators, the opressors! Bloody feminists.

given the context of the event i think the banner means “prostitution is not permission to rape” – OMG i totally agree.

I interpreted it as “you can pay me, but I’ll still say no”.

Hmm…

No, that’s called dating

creative_canberran 3:21 pm 06 Jun 11

Classified said :

bleebleeblee said :

matt31221 said :

Prostitution is not permission??? OMG.

Men are the evil penetrators, the opressors! Bloody feminists.

given the context of the event i think the banner means “prostitution is not permission to rape” – OMG i totally agree.

I interpreted it as “you can pay me, but I’ll still say no”.

Hmm…

And so we go from the Crimes Act to the Trade Practices Act.

Classified 3:00 pm 06 Jun 11

bleebleeblee said :

matt31221 said :

Prostitution is not permission??? OMG.

Men are the evil penetrators, the opressors! Bloody feminists.

given the context of the event i think the banner means “prostitution is not permission to rape” – OMG i totally agree.

I interpreted it as “you can pay me, but I’ll still say no”.

Hmm…

j4ck 2:11 pm 06 Jun 11

Perhaps though other factors were at play, like the fact that the event was called “Slut Walk”. Maybe? How do you think the general public will react to an event like that? Sounds like the event organisers were a bunch of bored ANU students with nothing better to do with their time. Good try guys.

bleebleeblee 2:11 pm 06 Jun 11

matt31221 said :

Prostitution is not permission??? OMG.

Men are the evil penetrators, the opressors! Bloody feminists.

given the context of the event i think the banner means “prostitution is not permission to rape” – OMG i totally agree.

matt31221 1:12 pm 06 Jun 11

Prostitution is not permission??? OMG.

Men are the evil penetrators, the opressors! Bloody feminists.

Diggety 12:14 pm 06 Jun 11

“Curiously absent were women in the same age group… kinda strange.”

If you are easily offended or hate men, please do not read the rest of my post:

I have to say, I was expecting a lot of lesbians to attend. It would have been pick-up central, right? (That is a serious question).

Classified 11:02 am 06 Jun 11

Shoulda held the slutwalk thing in summer, at least then the sheilas would have worn less clothes.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 10:19 am 06 Jun 11

The rally was a total flop. All the rusted-on lefties were attending the pro-carbon tax rally across town. Meanwhile, the silent majority were enjoying quality time with their families or on more productive and sensible activities whilst counting down the days when we sweep the left out at an election and put things Right again.

rebcart 10:02 am 06 Jun 11

I think it’s unfair to characterise protests as anything based purely on the fact that the Socialist Alternative set up a stall out the front. They are extremely well known for leeching on any and all protests they hear about in this way, especially when they have nothing to do with it.

I remember going to a protest (about the internet) in Sydney, where I personally knew some of the organisers and that they had nothing whatsoever to do with that group. The Socialist Alternative, Socialist Alliance, some Falun Gong group and some Socialist-related save the refugees group all set up their stalls right at the front, which meant any passerby would have no idea what the protest behind them was actually about.

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