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Slutwalk comes to Canberra

By johnboy 18 May 2011 111

With gender studies academics waging war through opinion columns on the global phenomena that is Slutwalk it was just a matter of time and now Facebook informs that Canberra women too will get their chance to dress trashy, and walk:

We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.

We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve, we just ask that you come. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us.

Join us in our mission to spread the word that those those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.”
(http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/)

Ladies we salute you.

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creative_canberran 12:17 am 07 Jun 11

creative_canberran said :

The people behind this are from ANU and generally the same people behind recent protests over HECS, Same-Sex Marriage and library mergers. No matter how good/valid the cause, all these have descended into nothing more than photo ops for the organisers. And like these other events, they copy an existing idea so not even original thinking. Just self serving and derivative.

I would like to make a correction to this comment on the record.

The first sentence was meant to say “The people behind this are from ANU and generally the same kind of people behind recent protests over HECS, Same-Sex Marriage and library mergers.”

It was meant to suggest that the people behind this are the same kind of people as organisers of various other recent events, that is ready to make a quick shout with a short slogan but nothing more substantive. It was not meant to suggest that the organisers of SlutWalk are the exact same people as the organisers of those previous events. Only that there are parallels in their methodology.

My apologies for any confusion and to the organisers.

Mr Gillespie 8:33 am 06 Jun 11

Erg0 said :

#107: Reflecting on the matter, I had come to the conclusion that the point of Slutwalk should be similar to what you’re saying – i.e. “if you consider someone a slut purely because they are the victim of sexual assualt, then we are all sluts”. If that is the message, then I don’t think it’s been communicated very clearly, to the point where many of the people supporting the walk (see above) don’t appear to properly understand what it’s about. That’s the danger of using such a charged word to gather attention for your cause, I suppose.

So that means EVERYONE is a victim of sexual assault. Not just the 1 in 3 that say they are. Every man and every woman is a slut, a victim of sexual assault.

willo 5:41 am 06 Jun 11

so how did it all go on the big day?

Erg0 9:22 am 02 Jun 11

#107: Reflecting on the matter, I had come to the conclusion that the point of Slutwalk should be similar to what you’re saying – i.e. “if you consider someone a slut purely because they are the victim of sexual assualt, then we are all sluts”. If that is the message, then I don’t think it’s been communicated very clearly, to the point where many of the people supporting the walk (see above) don’t appear to properly understand what it’s about. That’s the danger of using such a charged word to gather attention for your cause, I suppose.

markjuliansmith 6:41 am 02 Jun 11

One in four women and one in 10 men are raped in their lifetime. Over 98 percent of the perpetrators are men.

Walk down the street and reflect on one in four, one in ten.

SlutWalk – Is Not about Extreme – It is about the Ordinary – Women being perceived as extreme in either dress, movement, spatial context, culture or a combination of all, a Slut –less-Other, by Man to justify Mans atrocious behavior towards Women.

There is a reticence on the part of a significant number of women and men to support the SlutWalk because of a misinformed notion SlutWalk is about promoting the acceptance of extreme behavior – being a Slut.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

SlutWalk is about the Ordinary of the condition woman find themselves in simply because they are women.

Women are not able to traverse societal space in the same way a Man does without fear of being labeled a Slut and the terrible consequences that can and does flow from such a notion.

SlutWalk is not about promoting negative behavior it is about promoting positive behavior by bringing to the attention of Society at large the notion of being ‘a Slut’, is not only completely inequitable, for clearly it does not apply to Man, but as important is being utilized to control and subject women to Mans abuse.

SlutWalk is bringing to the fore Simply being a women whether your dressed from head toe in black keeping to the walls or in the middle of a Public square with thousands of People women can and are regarded by Man to be Sluts-less-Other (not anyone’s daughter cousin, Mother, Aunt etc) and therefore able to be subject to harassment and rape.

Activists: Authorities release Saudi woman detained for driving From Atika Shubert, May 30, 2011 CNN
“Strict segregation by sex means women in Saudi Arabia can’t travel without a male relative or take public transportation. Many women hire expensive drivers or taxis to get around.
Al Sharif said she became frustrated after she had difficulty going home one evening.
“I had to walk on the street for half an hour looking for a cab. I was harassed by every single car because it was late at night and I was walking alone,” she told CNN. “I kept calling my brother to pick me up but his phone wasn’t answering. I was crying in the street. A 32-year-old grown woman, a mother, crying like a kid because I couldn’t find anyone to bring me home.”

The above is not to focus on a particular religion but to show whether a woman is covered from head to toe it does not matter.

Be it cultural, religious based notions supporting such a state of affairs it is a complete inequity of circumstance for Women to be treated in such a manner to keep them in line – and prevent them from traversing societal space independently and in peace.

It has to Change and it Will Change for it is based on an irrational perception based on certain societal foundation text Women are less and further Women must be kept there subject to Mans will.

As Plato advised many years ago Change the Text informing new citizens of evil against Other or Change Nothing.

If SlutWalk prevents even one more rape occurring because a Male has to reflect on the nature of determining a Woman or Man as a Slut to justify such a diabolical act then we have succeeded.

Turn Up Face Up – Change the World.

Special G 7:55 pm 29 May 11

Reclaim the night – http://www.isis.aust.com/rtn/

Diggety 7:27 pm 29 May 11

Jim Jones said :

LeatherJen said :

Enjoy your walk as a slut. Hopefully it changes something.

You’re completely right.

Much better to do nothing, isn’t it?

The Canadian Police officer who first made the comment was not ‘blaming victims’ or ‘justifying rape’. He was suggesting ways of preventing becoming a victim.

The comment was misunderstood by a bunch of female university students, and had a protest. Good on them I suppose; for some, the whole point of university is to look like you are ‘fightin’ the system’, it doesn’t matter on the cause. Sort of like teenagers trying to get the most ‘friends’ on facebook.

I spent a while at university and now I teach there. It will never change, it is just a phase of life.

I do think we need to bring back Comprehension 101 to all university degrees, as a core subject.

LeatherJen 4:34 pm 29 May 11

Jim Jones said :

LeatherJen said :

Enjoy your walk as a slut. Hopefully it changes something.

You’re completely right.

Much better to do nothing, isn’t it?

So disagreeing with being labeled a slut means I don’t care about sexual assualt?

And this walk is the only event?

You need to get out more.

Jim Jones 2:48 pm 29 May 11

LeatherJen said :

Enjoy your walk as a slut. Hopefully it changes something.

You’re completely right.

Much better to do nothing, isn’t it?

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