Slutwalk Feminist Action

Sluts on Parade


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The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and became a movement of rallies across the world. Participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman's appearance. The rallies began when Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police officer, suggested that to remain safe, "women should avoid dressing like sluts." The protest takes the form of a march, mainly by young women, where some dress provocatively, like sluts (many do not). There are also speaker meetings and workshops. Some objectors have remarked that this approach is an example of women defining their sexuality in male terms

On April 3, 2011, over 3,000 gathered at Queen's Park. The day began with speeches before moving to the Toronto Police Headquarters. Although the website requested women to dress in everyday wear (to symbolize ordinary women, sexually assaulted in ordinary life), many women dressed as "sluts" in provocative clothing.[13]
The idea spread to include major cities around the globe. Jessica Valenti says: "In just a few months, SlutWalks have become the most successful feminist action of the past 20 years." SlutWalks have been attended by thousands of women and men, and debated in the media. In India, where the slutwalk was denounced as irrelevant in the face of numerous other issues that women face, including female feticide, infanticide, dowry murders and honor killings, Rita Banerji, Indian feminist and author argues, "The issue at the crux of the SlutWalk is one and the same as for all the other above mentioned afflictions. It is about the recognition of women as individuals with certain fundamental rights, including that of safety and personal choices, which no one, not even the family, can violate." For their activism, founders of SlutWalk Heather Jarvis and Sonya JF Barnett were named Utne Reader visionaries in 2011