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So the SlutWalk has hit Ottawa and I’ve been seeing lots of promo around campus. I try to understand the emotion driving this large movement (with my small Neanderthal man-brain) but there are a few things that just aren't sitting right with me.
Pictured Above: Sluts
First, everyone keeps operating under the assumption that words like slut and slut-shaming are terms used by men to oppress the sexuality of women. FALSE! Slut & slut-shaming may even be used MORE by women to judge other women. Seriously ladies, what new term are you going to use in its place? What foul word will you now use to describe the girl who blows your drunk (soon-to-be-ex) boyfriend in the washroom of a club. Do you want to know why we have the word “slut”? It is because societies DO have limits and some people DO push them too far are it’s nice to have a word to be able to use. There will always be a bell-curve, topics of openness and sexuality are no different. Yes, I understand the need for challenging common practices so society can move forward and evolve, but I strongly believe this is not an appropriate step. If you’re curious to the word used to describe the opposite end of the sexuality spectrum – its “Prude.” Why is there no uproar to get rid of the word “Prude”? It’s because clearly you can’t be raped if you’re a prude…
OH WAIT! Yes you can! Has anyone organizing the SlutWalk actually decided to look at rape statistics? Most are committed by someone the victim already knows. The only thing you will be able to do to prevent it is to wear a chastity belt.
yeah, I mean a legit fucking chastity belt
Here’s a quote from the website:“Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.”
I have just two things to say to that. 1) Risk Factors, and 2) Know your audience. Like come on SlutWalk, I’m not even allowed to call Prostitutes sluts? If you want their job to be safer, go try and legalize it. There is enough evidence out there showing that if you participate in an illegal job in the middle of the night that involves boning people (especially the type of people who seek these services) for money in the sketchiest way possible, you might just be increasing your chances of STI’s & sexual assault. As for the audience … please ladies when you’re out, just know who is observing your provacativness, what level of intoxication the men around you are in, and most importantly– What level of intoxication YOU are in.
I’m all for empowering women, and I’m sooo totally anti-sexual assault / rape, but I also see a lot of logic gaps in the SlutWalk… it’s like a grenade of emotion went off and this was the result.
SIDE NOTE --> I wonder if the Kim Kardashian Sketchers shoes are sponsoring the event?