So, a few years back police officer in Toronto told a group of woman “I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.” Needless to say, this wasn’t taken well. People got together and protested, they named it SlutWalk, this spread around the country and around the world.
When I mentioned to Melanie that I wanted to do a post of this for Skepchick Events she said “make sure you look up criticism.” I said to myself “What could be the criticism for this? Using the word slut? Dressing provocatively?” I have to admit that I really didn’t realize that the word slut is not something that can be embraced by all women equally. There have been good pieces of criticism (here here here) written about using the word slut. And in response some protests have in fact changed their name. Some haven’t. In Minnesota there were issues with fundraising for the walk and performers backed out due to this. (full disclosure, I am involved with the performing company mentioned in the post)
Has the SlutWalk moved from ‘raising awareness’ to change? When I see things like this and this I wonder…
I did contact SlutWalk Minneapolis via Facebook asking if there were issues about the name here. They responded (and I quote)
“We haven’t had anyone ask us to change our name but we are definitely aware and sensitive to people who are leery of the word ‘slut.’
We’ve explained that we do not expect people to ‘reclaim’ the word if that’s not what they want; our main goal is support, advocacy, and education about and against the rape culture.
We have outreached to many ethnic groups within the Twin Cities area, asking for their feedback and we are always ready to listen to people and their concerns.”
Minneapolis Facebook event here.
Image via SlutWalk Minneapolis