Monday, 6 June 2011

Cardiff SlutWalk

To Cardiff on Saturday, for the SlutWalk. SlutWalks began in response to a Canadian police officer's remark, addressed to students, that they should "avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised". There has been some discussion about whether Slutwalks are a good idea; whether 'slut' is a term that should or could be reclaimed. I know people who stayed away because of those misgivings.

For me, it wasn't so much that I wanted to reclaim the word as appropriate it; so that the event presented as wide and diverse a range of women as possible, making the point that any woman can be labelled a slut by a man who wants to transfer the blame for his wrong thoughts or deeds to the object or victim of them. Because I've been on the receiving end of that sort of nonsense. And it is annoying. And corrosive. And dangerous. And it gets in the way of people treating people like people, which is how things should be.