My my, how far we have come, so full circle that the snake eats its own tail!
It all started when some dudely cop advising on campus safety for women “avoid dressing like sluts” (like that was ever really the problem in the first place, and I gather no advice for the campus dudes “stop raping women”, that would be just too easy!). Here is one report, from godlessliberals.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=210%3Aslutwalk&catid=37%3Apolitics-&Itemid=57
Earlier this year, Toronto police constable Michael Sanguinetti told a group of students at an Osgoode Hall Law School safety forum the best way to prevent being sexually assaulted is to, “Avoid dressing like sluts.” Sanguinetti’s written apology and promises of further professional training didn’t appease the obviously offended students. The victim-blaming gaffe sparked a movement and Slutwalk is sweeping the United States and abroad.
“We had just had enough,” said Heather Jarvis, who founded SlutWalk Toronto with friend Sonya Barnett. “It isn’t about just one idea or one police officer who practices victim blaming, it’s about changing the system and doing something constructive with anger and frustration.” Upwards of 3,000 massed on the streets of Toronto on April 3. “The idea that there is some aesthetic that attracts sexual assault or even keeps you safe from sexual assault is inaccurate, ineffective and even dangerous,” said Jarvis.
Look at that placard: “I’m a slut, don’t assault me” 😯
Good fucking grief!
Certainly it does not matter what a woman (or girl) wears to become a victim of rape. Simple enough concept.
But we live in the Backlash Times, where sex mozzers are more concerned with making sure dudes get supplied with lots and lots of “consensual sex”, possibly in a vain attempt to stop rape. Won’t work!
So the brainchild in this sexually available atmosphere, is to reclaim “slut” and, I dunno, have “slut pride” or something I guess. Dumbass concept.
It will not work. At its core, the majority of males put all females into two basic categories, virgin or whore. What the mozzers don’t seem to get is that really, deep down, the dudely-ones consider all virgins just sluts-in-waiting. So, from the maleview, females are all sluts basically, it’s just a matter of time (or trickery, which they love doing, trickerying females ‘out of their virginity’). I digress.
So if we are already sluts and whores to the males, and particularly to the raping males, reclamation of the word is foolhardy at best, and really stupid PR. Plus it won’t change raping males’ view of femalekind at all, hey kids, you have just confirmed what they already think of you. Follow the logic, they rape females because they consider them to be worthless sluts anyway, then you go and reinforce that concept for them. And the majority of them do think all women to be sluts at their core, because where else would that cop get his advice from? In the copper’s brain, he knows you are all sluts, he is just advising not to advertise it to rapists (like that is gunna work, sigh).
Of course, libfem stronghold FaceButt group OMPOW are all over this slut reclamation with gusto!
A better concept for the protest would have been to insist that “no woman is a slut, it does not matter how we dress”.
Getting lost in this sex mozzer feverpitch of heteronormality is the alienation of lesbians, who in not being interested in having sexual contact with men at all, don’t particularly want to ‘reclaim slut’ at all, even though they too are potential rape and sexual assault victims. Nice side serve of lesphobia on the side: check!
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ETA (07 May):
SarSea (or rather, the kid of SarSea) has found examples of how the SlutWalk non-theory has been put into practise. I refer you to the first picture of Homer above, after viewing these…
OK, the first one is highly porn-referenced, and highly offensive. It makes as much political sense as the sign on the march of “I’m a slut, don’t rape me”.
The second uses a female nude, given modern interpretation the pose and placement of the hand is a masturbatory reference. Not exactly sure what point they are trying to make, so I’ll go with “I’d rather have a wank than be raped”. It’s as good as any interpretation.
Neither of these approaches works at combatting the male (& rapist) mentality of seeing females as sexual objects, in fact, these local chapters of SlutWalk have gone out of their way to REMIND the dude-bros that women are sexual objects.
All a dude is going to think viewing the first picture is “I’d stick my dick in it” And I say ‘it’ because it is just a disembodied female body part, hell, they may as well have had a disembodied labia with the words “oh no-no-no you don’t, not unless I enthusiastically say yes, because I will say yes, because I am a slut, and we sluts say yes as much as we can!”.
On the second one, given the pornified beauty standards of today, the dude-bro is just going to think “ewww, fat chick, I’d have to switch the light off to do her”. Except for the chubby-chaser dudes, who would deem her not fat enough and go “ewww, well, if I was desperate I could, but only with the light off”.
Know your target audience people!
ETA (12 May 2011)
Here is the Aussie response to the SlutWalk for Brisbane. From the Australian Sex Party’s FaceButt page:
Whacksock is a male masturbation piece of kit.
Gee, it really sounds like the dudes are getting the message eh? *not*
Why am I not surprised at this entire farce?
ETA (12 Nov 2011)
Thanks to Broadie for making this graphic, it sums up my thoughts exactly!