Event: Slutwalk

Date: June 10th 2011

Place: Manchester

Event: Slutwalk

What happened:

Six hundred plus participants marched through Manchester from the town hall onwards, declaring solidarity with the slutwalks that have spread from Toronto, Canada after a Canadian policeman advised young girls  ‘avoid dressing like sluts’ in order to prevent sexual assaults.

Quotes:

One of the group members, a second year University of Manchester Politics and History student, said: “it’s not just about reclaiming the word; it’s about sexual liberation and empowering women. “It’s basically saying ‘I can be attractive if I want to be’, we shouldn’t be made to feel we have to dress in a certain way to avoid rape.

‘The focus on “reclaiming” the word slut fails to address the real issue. The term slut is so deeply rooted in the patriarchal “madonna/whore” view of women’s sexuality that it is beyond redemption. The word is so saturated with the ideology that female sexual energy deserves punishment that trying to change its meaning is a waste of precious feminist resources.’ The Guardian.

 

'No means No'

‘No means No’

Details to include in a postcard:

High heels

Chant: No means no

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