Wednesday, 2 July 2014

SWTO2014: Who are you calling a slut?

It's that time again. SlutWalk Toronto is marching on Saturday, July 12th starting at Nathan Phillip Square, downtown Toronto.


As part of a 10 day countdown, in the next week and a half I'm going to go over some of the reasons for marches such as SlutWalk. If SlutWalk in particular isn't your cup 'o tea, I respect that, but I ask that you respect that is just one of many valid ways to address our sick culture that allows sexual violence to proliferate.


Why are we still at it? *takes deep breath*...

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/07-Jun-2014/rape-victim-commits-suicide-in-Sargodha

http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/crime/2014/07/02/sextortion-is-an-online-epidemic-against-children/12051343/

http://missoulian.com/news/local/billings-judge-decries-suspension-for-disparaging-remarks-about-rape-victim/article_49304838-fe5e-11e3-8a5e-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2670444/Jimmy-Savile-abused-corpses-boasted-jewellery-glass-eyes-NHS-report-reveals-shocking-new-details-paedophiles-crimes.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sofie-karasek/why-george-will-is-so-wro_b_5545555.html

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16865/slut_shaming_hurts_every_womanincluding_mean_girls

http://slutwalktoronto.tumblr.com/post/26927818094/cookies-for-breakfast-so-a-girl-walks-into-a-comedy

http://www.thenation.com/blog/168858/nikki-haley-slashes-support-violence-victims-just-when-they-need-it-most

http://www.thefrisky.com/2013-01-21/school-allegedly-suggested-a-breast-reduction-would-6th-graders-stop-sexual-harassment/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/08/world/africa/south-africa-gang-rape/index.html

http://feministing.com/2013/02/26/university-of-north-carolina-student-could-be-expelled-for-intimidatingher-rapist-by-talking-about-the-assault/

http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1122345-who-failed-rehtaeh-parsons

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/06/2117161/jury-acquits-texas-man-for-murder-of-escort-who-refused-sex/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/05/egypt-women-rape-sexual-assault-tahrir-square

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/01/16/three-edmonton-women-attacked-cops-say-stay-out-of-alleys

That's a random smattering of global news articles from the past 2 years. This is the kind of stuff we're dealing with on the daily. The problem has not magically disappeared (not that we expected it would), which is why we're still here, still making noise, and still going to march in support of survivors.

To be sure, it's not all bad. We'll talk about some of the good that's being developed tomorrow and turn those frowns upside down.

Picture courtesty of Cute Overload. Mawwwww...

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