Date: June 10th 2011
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.
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.
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Chant: No means no