Tuesday Newsday – Slut Walk

October 4th, 2011

It’s so ’50s to believe that what a woman wears earns her a place as a violent crime victim. I’m all for pretending we’ve submerged ourselves in Mad Men mania, but people…get real.

This is why I was so proud of the women who paraded around in their sexiest clothes during Brooklyn’s SlutWalk two days ago. Right after the NYPD warned borough women to keep themselves covered up amidst a series of sex attacks, they decided to show off a little skin. Shame on you, officers. That’s just infantile for you to think that a woman can control the mind of a violent would-be attacker by showing a shoulder or a midriff.

For those of you who weren’t paying attention in Psyche 101, rape isn’t a sexual act. It is a violent one. One spawned by anger and hatred. Joggers who are wearing full fleece getups have been attacked. Not the sexiest or most scantily clad outfit you could parade around in, would you say?

So good for you, ladies. I’m proud of your speaking up and showing off that no means no, no matter what you’re wearing.

A day after it was revealed that the NYPD is warning Brooklyn women to keep themselves covered up amidst a series of sex attacks in the borough, hundreds of scantily clad ladies took to the streets to change the perception that rape victims bring upon the violence by the way they dress. Nearly 1,000 women flaunted their bodies and chanted in protest at today’s SlutWalk in Union Square, a grassroots movement to fight the notion that showing skin is an invitation to assault. “No means no – however we dress, whereever we go!” the demonstrators shouted out as they marched. Read more…

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