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We're Talking SlutWalking
Jun 15 , 2015
Category: lifestyle

Do you feel it?

I do.


Do you hear it?

Just turn on the radio. It’s there.



From Taking Back The Night to SlutWalking around town, many women are going against the grain and claiming their right to freely express themselves whenever and wherever they feel like it. …and theoretically, so they should.


But, according to a Good Housekeeping article, going "against the grain" increases the possibility of irritation, nicks, and cuts. So... they were talking about shaving but, it applies to social views in general, don’t you think?


One of those sore points seems to be victim-blaming. That’s when we hold the victim responsible or partially responsible for a wrongful act committed upon them. Of course, it goes without saying that many women’s rights activists are passionately opposed to holding the victim accountable…but at what cost?


I believe the word “victim” by definition implies “no fault”.. But, wouldn’t it be prudent , regardless of sex, to do anything in one’s power to ensure one’s safety…and if that means, covering up or walking in twos, what is wrong with that?


Sure, the feminist slogan “Don’t tell me what to wear. Teach Men Not To Rape” has merit. But I don’t believe it’s a carte blanche to throw caution to the wind.

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Comments (total comments:6)
Brittany :

while you''re entitled to your opinion, i think you''ve missed the point of these types of protests. the following statement is particularly troubling:

"sure, the feminist slogan ďdonít tell me what to wear. teach men not to rapeĒ has merit. but i donít believe itís a carte blanche to throw caution to the wind."

while i recognize that in today''s society it may be necessary to take the precautions you mentioned (like covering up or walking in twos), the point is there should be no reason for these activities to be inherently dangerous. in an ideal world, a person would be able to walk around alone or in their underwear if they so choose and not have to worry about being harmed. to imply otherwise, you are saying that the victim is somehow to blame for provoking the abuser. we''re not talking about waving food at a hungry animal, acting on solely on instinct. a potential attacker can choose whether to pursue another, they do not have any more of a right to do so because the person has dressed a certain way to "provoke" them.

Posted: 6/23/2015 6:00:59 PM
Mw :

true we all have the right to be safe regardless of circumstance but that''s not reality! the truth is some people are going to do bad regardless of how much we teach boys to be respectful and young girls will be the victims regardless of what they wear. but people need to acknowledge that there is a problem with young women not being taught to do what they can to keep themselves safe. seriously, if one women is dressed in a regular skirt and another is dressed provocatively, who''s going to be targeted? boys grow up looking at magazine covers, playboys, tv shows and movies all displaying women as sex objects. the way "some" (and i stress "some" - not all) women dress adds to the problem and places themselves in society as sex objects. no one is saying all rape victims wore short skirts and are to blame. that''s ridiculous! but equally ridiculous is saying women should be allowed to do whatever they want and nothing bad happen and assume no responsibility. we have to teach our daughters to do whatever measures they can to keep themselves safe. that means "don''t dirty dance with your friends wearing a mini skirt in a bar full of drunken men and proceed to walk home alone"... "don''t invite strangers to your hotel room". we need to teach them that bad things happen and how to be as safe as possible.

Posted: 6/23/2015 5:27:27 PM
R :

totally agree

Posted: 6/23/2015 5:48:49 AM
Connie :

no one deserves to be abused no matter what they are wearing but women have to be more respectful of their bodies . why is it necessary to go around almost naked and are they doing it just for attention from the opposite sex. all people think they can do just what they like now no rules. well i say there''s nothing wrong with some rules to keep everyone male and female more respectful of
ourselves . just my opinion .

Posted: 6/23/2015 12:20:32 AM
Whass dat now? :

ummm, victim.. by definition does not mean "no fault". seriously, if you are going to try and sound knowledgable why would you say "by definition"? theoretically, if everyone followed the rules of the road... there would be no accidents... but it happens. to say "i''m not going to go drive today because i might get in an accident". the whole point being is that a woman should be able to walk home on any street wearing a skirt and a t-shirt if she wants... it is not her fault. by your own statement of of your 4th paragraph... you are saying it is the woman''s fault for getting assaulted or raped because what... she should have known better? this has nothing to do with feminism, everything do to with society in general.

Posted: 6/19/2015 3:19:39 AM
Al :

you make a good point there.although i think that these events are more about getting the message out that it doesn''t matter what a person wears and other words it is wrong for anyone to imply that a victim is partially to blame simply because they were wearing a short skirt or whatever the case may be.i support these type of events and i feel that many people in general often make the mistake of judging a book by its cover.

Posted: 6/17/2015 10:42:55 PM

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