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.
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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