No means No!! That was the message that protesters were trying to get across this past week in Dallas, Texas with the cities First Annual Slut Walk. The walk is meant to raise awareness about rape victims and teach that it is not the victims fault they were raped because of the lifestyle she chooses to lead or the way she dresses.
More than one hundred men and women took to the streets some of which were dressed “slutty” chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, we understand that no means no.” This whole “movement” started earlier this year when police constable Micheal Sanguinetti told a group of law students at York University that “Women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like sluts.” Sanguinetti later apologized for his insensitive comments but, they have ignited a spark under some who want to make it very clear that sexual assault can happen to anyone at anytime, no matter how you dress or act. And, that it is never the victims fault.
When asked why she choose the contoversial name protest organizer Elizabeth Webb said, “I know, definitely, it is a controversial name, but we`re trying to reclaim that word and take the power away from that word. And, we want to specify that women dressing like sluts is not how people get raped.” Elizabeth also said, the stereotype that people have about women who dress or act sexually are “asking to be raped” must change.
The original “Slut Walk” took place in Toronto and attracted more than 1,700 people and is becoming an annual event all over North America where modern day women are very much in control when it comes to sex and sexuality. I agree 100% with the idea, no one asks to be raped or assaulted and it is never a victims fault but, I must say that in my own opinion, I do not like the way these women are going about it. First of all, I think you should be able to dress anyway you want but, people are going to assume that you are a certain way based on that. Second, if you act as though you are promiscuous, you will be perceived by your peers as so. And, while like I said, that in no way gives anyone the right to harm you in anyway but, you must accept that people will pass judgement on you. I think that a much better approach to the cause is simply teaching that, No does mean No, and that the victims are just that, victims. A bunch of women marching down the street half dressed and chanting about being proud of their “slutty” lifestyle, I don’t feel is making much of a point on rape. But, that is only my opinion, I would love to hear your opinion on this subject.Tags: dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, rape victims, Slut Walk, Texas, Toronto, womens rights, York University