SlutWalk Houston Sure to Shock and Empower
SlutWalk is coming to a park near you.
It all started earlier this year in Toronto, when a constable with the Toronto Police Service told a group of law school students at a safety seminar how not to become victims. His advice: Women should avoid dressing like "sluts."
And you thought ish didn't go down in Canada!
The constable's comment -- which mirrors a widespread belief -- rightly spurred an incensed response. Soon SlutWalk was born. It's a march of women and men who are sick of a "blame the victim" mentality -- that if a lady wears "slutty" clothing and gets sexually assaulted, she had it coming. People of every gender get raped wearing all kinds of clothes. And it's never their fault.
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The march hopes to make that point obvious to all.
Morgan Hopkins, the president of the Women's Studies Student Association at University of Houston-Clear Lake, is an organizer for the Houston version. Several LGBTQ and women's groups are planning the event, slated for this summer. "We live in a society that perpetuates crimes against women," Hopkins told Hair Balls. "We shouldn't be told not to act a certain way."
It's also about taking the bite out of the pejorative and gendered word "slut." (When's the last time you heard the word aimed at a guy, without first qualifying it with "man" tagged in front?) "We're not going to allow someone to use this against us to shame us," Hopkins said.
Come as you are -- or wear what you dare (it's your right, after all) -- to SlutWalk: July 9 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Cherryhurst Park.
In honor of the event, see our list of Five Texas Sluts Worthy of Admiration.
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