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.


  1. If violence is caused by what you wear, why isn't anyone attacking the little oiks who are following the current fashion of having their bum cracks visible over their belts?

  2. Good point, especially the last picture

  3. Maybe they reckon that the builders' cleavage kids are committing sufficient violence upon themselves, Anne.... I see that the trend for showing off underpants is moving upwards through the age demographic now; I've seen it sported on thirty-somethings. Though as yet without the arse on show.

    Hi, Anji! Yes, she was pretty eloquent. Nice bunch of people on this march.

  4. Quite agree with your last sentence there Dru.
    All the best,