A policeman in Toronto told the law students that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised. His comments sparked anger, and the “Sluts Walk” was born. Thousands people came to the streets dressed like sluts in protest to the policeman’s remark. From Toronto to Arizona, California, Colorado, Argentina, Australia, etc. etc., and now comes to our city, Manchester.
A facebook group was set up, and hundreds of people signed to attend. I quoted the intro of the Manchester SlutWalk’s page:
“On 24th January 2011, a Toronto policeman told a group of law students that in order to avoid being raped ‘women should avoid dressing like sluts’.
This sparked protest and outrage around the world because this statement represents an attitude in our society. That if we behave or dress in certain ways, we deserve to be raped.
Rape is NEVER the fault of the survivor.
SlutWalk Manchester says that nobody deserves rape. If we wear revealing clothes. If we are drunk. If we walk home alone late at night. If we flirt with you. If we are married to you. If we are sex workers. If we defy gender norms. WE DO NOT INVITE SEXUAL ASSULT.”
Those interested, can read more on their page, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102037789887710
The Canadian policeman was just basically saying that if you dress like sluts you will attract more attention from perverts than if you don’t dress like sluts, which I agree with him.
How SlutWalk Manchester (and others) concluded that the policeman’s comment means that women dressed like sluts deserved to be raped, and accused him of blaming the victims rather than the rapists.
I and many people against the “Slutwalk” believe regardless whether you were dressing like sluts or not while being raped, the guilty one is always the rapist. The rapists should be punished as heavy as possible. Many rapists are getting away from the courts are not because the court justified their actions due to the victims dressing like sluts, but it’s more because there’s no sufficient evidence to prove the case. So, our effort should focus more on how to prevent these rapists getting away with their crime, rather than walking along the streets of Manchester dressing like sluts. We should find a way to help the victims get their justice, easier way to prove that rape has taken place, and prevent the rapists to escape the sentence. Much heavier punishment should also be applied.
Yes, everyone has the right to dress as she/he wants, but there’s nothing wrong to suggest that if you dress like sluts you will attract more attention from perverts than if you don’t dress like sluts.
Similarly, yes, everyone has the right to bring cash as she/he wants, but there’s nothing wrong to suggest that if you bring load of cash in transparent plastic bag, you will attract more attention from the robberies than if you put it in your suitcase.
Yes, everyone has the right to get drunk and walk home alone late at night, but there’s nothing wrong to suggest that it will attract more attention from perverts than if you don’t get drunk and not alone while walking home late at night.
The organiser is so proud that more than one thousand people have signed to attend this Slutwalk. Well, people like to go for a street party anyway for whatever reason, and to be under the impression that they’re doing it to help the rape victims, to fight the rapist, is even more attractive. People go to the street if there’s fun anyway, whatever it is.
However, I will not by any means support this SlutWalk yet alone marching down the streets dressing like sluts. No way! I will instead encourage my sisters, my cousins, my friends, etc. etc., not to dress like sluts!
You dress like sluts; you’ll be treated like sluts!
If there’s a rally in Manchester, calling for heavier sentence for the rapists, calling for easier mechanism to prove the rape has taken place, calling for much more support for the rape victims, I’d not waste a minute to sign for the rally.