Not my own, don’t worry. That would be very presumptous.
At uni, I am researching the SlutWalk phenomenon for an assignment. For those who don’t know what that is, basically a Toronto policeman was talking to a bunch of Canadian university students and said: “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. Idiot.
In response, protests, starting in Toronto and spreading all over the world (including Australia) are being held. These demonstrations, called SlutWalk, sees women looking to reclaim the label “slut” and remind the world that no woman is responsible for being sexually assaulted, no matter how they dress.
In my research, I came across a blog post by Hugo Schwyzer, a professor at a Southern Californian university. He wrote a beautiful letter to a teenage girl about how she could dress to stop creepy old men looking at her. It’s a fantastic example of a man standing up and saying: “You are never to blame”
The link is below:
Despite some criticism, the central idea of the SlutWalk is put the blame back on the perpetrator, not the victim. It’s an important concept that should definitly be spread worldwide!