Toronto SlutWalk Draws Hundreds

Toronto Police representative Michael Sanguinetti’s words of wisdom to students at York University in January that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” was the basis for Sunday’s inaugural “SlutWalk,” drawing close to 1000 men and women fed up with institutionalized victim-blaming and shaming.

From the SlutWalk site:

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

Watch’s report here:


One response to “Toronto SlutWalk Draws Hundreds

  1. I’ve been harassed before while completely bundled up in winter clothing with no skin showing. Clothing is not a major contributing factor in harassment or sexual assault, and wearing “slutty” clothing in no way entitles people to a woman’s (or man’s) body, nor does it excuse molestation or rape – especially considering that what constitutes “slutty” is entirely subjective and varies from person to person. Consent is something people give verbally, not put on in the morning.

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