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.”