Great critique of slutwalk.
*Dedicated to my dear friend and fellow activist, April Arreola, with whom I’ve been in constructively frustrated and incessantly researched dialogue over SlutWalk for several weeks*
The last week of May (23rd-27th) was on activist calendars as the “Domestic Workers Week of Action,” involving several west coast campaigns in support of AB 889, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Despite the minimal attention paid to a very serious injustice, activist calendars for SlutWalk are not just booked solid for national events, they are also preparing for “global” ones. SlutWalk originally emerged as a protest movement in Toronto, after police constable Michael Sanguinetti advised students at an Osgoode Hall Law School safety forum in January to “avoid dressing like sluts” in order to prevent rape.
This very typical, patriarchal, victim-blaming discourse has endured for decades, to the extent that many women must have it memorized as the most pervasive explanation…
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