Slut Walks – YAY or NAY?

In a world where more and more provocative images and videos are needed in campaigns to mobilise people from apathy, it’s really no surprise that SLUT walks have captured the imagination of the media. While a debate rages amongst activists online (articles can be found on the Cork Feminista Facebook page) over the pros and cons of such an action, support among CF members has been pretty positive. And I for one, am among the supporters.

Why?  Because I’m really very tired of the constant battles for my own security.

I was out over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Cork City with two very good friends. Inside in a respectable establishment we got chatting to some guys who seemed perfectly nice. A little while later my friend asked me to explain to one of them why it was wrong that he had pinched her ass while she had been on her way to the bathroom. Now some people will shout ‘pc gone mad’ but I have a huge problem with this on principle and have taken many to task over it. Back to Saturday night and I’m faced with some guy in a pub telling me ‘that if we’re going to dress like that, then we have to be ok with a few gropes.’ I’m sorry that I appeared to miss the memo that says wearing something you are comfortable in and feel attractive in means you have to give your personal security so some sleazebag can get his kicks. After a short discussion where one line started with ‘lesbian and dykes don’t wear dresses because they don’t want this sort of attention from men’ I knew I had to leave before I ended up loosing my fuse altogether. When I suggested his attention was one step away from ‘if she’s wearing a short skirt, she deserves it’ I was told to calm down. Original put down or what?

As I recount this here, my blood is boiling again at the memory of the night out – and I’m sick of it! I’m sick of people assuming that because I’m in a skirt/dress that somehow it gives them the right to disregard my rights. So I’m all up for the slutwalks because they hold a mirror to this type of behaviour and show how ridiculous it. I’m up for a slutwalk because I’m sick to death of having nights out ruined by this type of behaviour. I’m up for a slutwalk because women deserve better and I deserve better than having to fight to not be groped every night I go out.

Linda

CF are looking into the possibility of organising an event in Cork but please be understanding that we currently have very limited resources.

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3 Responses to Slut Walks – YAY or NAY?

  1. Pingback: Slutwalking…. « The Pretty Serpent

  2. NILMINI says:

    I really think we nee dto question why wearing a short skirt is empowering- it has reduced the whole feminist argument into clothes, make-up what we wear instead of attending to the deeper issues as to why women are empowered- I feel it is BECAUSE we are disempowered in the big ways that we try to gain power through cloting etc. Of course we ought to be able to wear what we like- this includes a veil or burka by the way- The slutwalk response is once again, feeding into this restrictions and winning the right to reveal our bodies without being raped or harrassed. Short term, media fuelled, and playing right into the hands of consumer-driven empowerment.

    Why not walk naked instead? Far more effective than “pornifying” our bodies. Ref: see trilogy performances.

    • Another person on the page suggested a naked walk too and it makes sense. I agree with your points – I find it so hard to simplify the different arguments and intersections in a short blog post so glad there is someone who can articulate the interconnections so well! Thanks Nilmini!! (Linda)

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