On April 3, 2011, thousands of people walked the streets of Toronto dressed in whatever they wanted in response to comments from a member of Toronto’s police force who told them they shouldn’t. By now, we (hopefully) all know the SlutWalk story: Toronto Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti told a class at York University that women should avoid dressing “like sluts” in order to protect themselves from being sexually victimized. This comment provoked some much-needed attention and shed light on issues that have long been present in our society but are often overlooked — victim-blaming and slut-shaming among them.
Since Toronto’s SlutWalk, at least 25 similar protests have been organized in cities around the world. From Twitter to the blogosphere to The Globe and Mail, it seems like everyone has something to say about the movement.
What to read:
“At SlutWalkTO, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Jaime Woo for Torontoist.
“The Best 30 Signs at SlutWalk Toronto” on BuzzFeed.
“On the street… at Slutwalk” by Sarah Nicole Prickett for EYE WEEKLY.
“Feminism and Fashion: The (Other) Two Solitudes” by Katrina Onstad for The Globe and Mail.
“The Funny Thing About the SlutWalk“ on ThoughtCatalog.com. And then editor Ryan O’Connell’s much-needed apology, “We’re So Sorry About ‘The Funny Thing About the SlutWalk.’”
“A Dress is Not a Yes — SlutWalking in Toronto” by our own Alyssa Garrison for the WORN blog.
Dallas, TX (April 23)
Rochester, NY (May 7)
Vancouver, BC (May 15)
Waterloo, ON (May 15)
Riverside, CA (May 28)
Montreal, QC (May 29)
Edmonton, AB (June 4)
Chicago, IL (June 4)
Adelaide, Australia (June 11)
Portland, OR (June 11)
Seattle, WA (June 19)
For a full list of SlutWalks, click here.
Want to get involved? Attend an upcoming SlutWalk or organize one for your town. Fight for the countless victims of rape who have felt further victimized by authority figures who care what they were wearing when it happened. Fight for your right to feel safe and dress how you please.
- Stephanie Fereiro