SlutWalk gaining ground internationally

I’m disappointed I missed the Tampa SlutWalk.

The positive, anti-rape rally has been spreading like wildfire since the beginning of the year, when Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti told a personal security class at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

Since Sanguinetti’s appalling remarks, women and men alike have been taking to the streets to protest the idea that dressing more provocatively or “sluttier” than others makes it acceptable to be targeted for sexual violence.

And earlier today, the SlutWalk finally came to Tampa, Fla. The rallies, which have occurred throughout the U.S. and Canada, aim to eliminate the negative notions that some women deserve to be raped because they’re ‘asking for it’ by dressing certain ways. Each march also succeeds in educating people of the severity of sexual violence by allowing rape victims to speak out and share their experiences. It’s time to stop making excuses for rape, stop blaming the victims and bring more awareness to this serious issue.

The footage of the event is great, with about half the participants dressed “slutty” and most of them carrying signs with varying sayings, all supporting the same message: that rape is unacceptable, no matter what someone decides to wear.

Among the many signs, some of my favorites include:

“Men are sluts too…do we rape them?”

“If I was asking for it, you’d know”

“Yes means ‘F*ck me’ No means ‘F*ck you'”

“This is NOT my ‘I want you’ face”

“The way I dress is NOT a yes”

“Don’t tell me how to dress, tell them not to rape”

“Consent is sexy”

I especially loved the parents who brought their kids out. One little girl carried a sign that read “Daddy taught me no means no” while another walked proudly in her “no always means no” t-shirt.

This is a very serious issue, and it’s about time we started getting proactive. I only hope the march comes back to Tampa soon so I can participate and show my support.

Anyone able to make it today? Or to walks elsewhere?

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