What is Slut Walk?
A Canadian Police officer stated that women could avoid sexual crimes if they did not dress like sluts. Such ignorant statements encourage criminals. In India, “The rapists often don’t see their actions as crimes, the police said, and don’t expect the victims to report them.” [Click to read] Because they are confident that the victims would be blamed for ‘sexualising their environment’.
Women in Canada protested by marching, dressed as they pleased to convey that they expected ‘Those charged with our safety should have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise‘
Why call it Slut Walk?
“The name was meant to be provocative. The protests that followed around the world wanted to show continuity with that protest, so they kept the same name.
By using that name, women are saying, if I’m a slut (i.e. a woman who sleeps with many men) you still don’t have the right to touch me, unless I say you do. That prostitutes have the right to refuse sex and be respected. That however provocatively I dress or my sexual conduct in general does not give you the right to act on your misguided assumption that I am up for grabs.” (Bride’s comment on Chandni’s post)
So do not use how a woman is dressed as an excuse to harass/rape/molest/abuse women.
Why should it be safe for a woman to be seen as a slut?
Because Slut Excuses continue ignorance about sexual crimes. Educated, well read people are known feel that sexual crimes are caused by victims and not the rapists.
Also because many other problems women face are linked to what is seen as dressing or acting or living or walking or socializing like sluts.
Who is a slut? Does a slut rob, kill or break any laws?
The term applied to an individual who is considered to have loose sexual morals or who is sexually promiscuous. The term is generally applied to women as an insult. [from Wikipedia]
Slut Walk questions the assumption that a woman’s personal life should have an impact on how crimes against her are dealt with. In India a woman’s lifestyle has been used by rapists, the society, the media and the police to justify sexual crimes against them.
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An article in The Hindustan Times claimed that slut walk in Delhi doesn’t make sense in a country where, 10 million babies have been killed in the womb because they were girls.
I disagree. We can’t wait for female feticide to stop before we make this world worth living for those who have not been killed in the womb. Every issue needs to be taken seriously.
Also, one of the reasons girl babies are killed is that many parents feel sexual crimes make it difficult to raise daughters. It frightens the parents that no matter what happens, the victim is likely to be blamed. These little girls, babies, young and old women didn’t dress like ‘sluts’.
The same article complains about Slut Walk protesting insensitivity in handling sexual crimes “while women are being burnt for dowry?”
Well, not only are all issues important but also sometimes they are connected.
Why don’t women just walk out of these marriages instead of being burnt alive?
Because they fear living alone.
Why do they fear living alone?
Same sexual harassment. And same excuses for the criminals. Many like Sweety choose to die pure and honorable.
Why is it so easy for a woman to be unsafe? And a rapist to be safe?
Another objection by media, Slut Walk is frivolous because, ‘women are being murdered in honour killings”
Slut Walk is Khap Panchayat’s night mare. It conveys, women do not need to fit into everybody’s ideas of what is honorable.
Also the rural women who roll bidis for Rs 30 a day, face the same risk of being called sluts and there are words in Indian languages that convey the same.
Since the protest aims to create better sensitization towards sexual crimes, the dalit women in remotest parts of Indian would also benefit from it.
A recent global survey found India to be the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women.
And why is India so dangerous for women? One of the reasons is misguided actions. Instead of focusing on the crime and real issues, the media and the law enforcers focus on how women must protest.
I feel every step in the right direction should be welcomed and supported.