SlutWalk UK

Just wanted to share this article posted on Daily Mail today.

“Thousands of scantily-clad women to march in London as ‘SlutWalk’ protest reaches UK”

To sum up — A Canadian police officer walks into a college classroom to discuss health and safety issues. When the topic of rape came up he advised, “You know, I think we’re beating around the bush here. I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this. However, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

Whoa. You don’t make blanket statements like this. And not in a college.

And so a slew of marches of women in “slutty outfits” have taken off across the world. No big deal, just women in groups of 2 – 3,000 dressed in fishnets and short shorts.

Although most support the idea of this march, some are outraged at the word ‘slut” being used as the name for the protest. However, I find the idea of calling a group of 5,000 women “sluts” an excellent demonstration of linguistics. Thinking of the traditional notion of “slut” which could include: stupid, sexy, reckless, vapid, sleezy, etc, how could that many women with a common vision and excellent organization skills all be accurately labeled sluts? Doesn’t this use of the word paired with something as meaningful as a public protest just make you cringe because it’s such a shitty word and that though we may admonish this police officer and convicted rapists (rightly so), don’t we use this word, too? Aside from protesting against some schmnuck who will never sleep in the bed with his wife again, this reminds me to keep in mind both the conotational and denotational meanings that my words hold. It reminds me that my fave slang word right now — ‘d-bag’ —  is incredibly misogynistic. Hypocrisy?

Moreover, this march is the second I have seen with real momentum in the past few months, the other being the protests over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. In a world where we could easily ‘protest’ via Twitter or Zoomerang, it is nice to be reminded that people — sluts or human beings — can come together in the flesh for a shared idea.

Of course, this makes me feel like a real d-bag for not participating. Ooops!

Read the full article and check out the protestor pics. Best sign I saw ” Men of quality respect women’s equality.”

4 thoughts

  1. I don’t think d-bag is mysoginistic. I mean, if you think about it, men have nothing to DO with douche; it’s a very feminine process. Yes, it’s mostly used towards men, but so is “jerk,” and I wouldn’t call that mysoginistic.

    If it makes you feel better, though, I’ll start calling women d-bags, too. :-)

  2. Furthermore, I think we need to do a slut-walk in the US, just because I have an outfit or two that I’d NEVER get to wear if we don’t!

  3. I agree with Jessie. Sign me up for the slut walk!! I have a few things in my closet that’ll be perfect! As for the cop with the big mouth… wowza. He had to know that wouldn’t be well received. And at a college, no less. If he would have come into my classroom (quite a few moons ago), my 20 year old head would have exploded!

    1. I don’t keep clothes like that in my closet anymore. I am a respectable professional now….. Whatever.. And why do we need for a cop to badmouth women to bust out the club wear? Maybe this necessitates a theme party?

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