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Thursday, March 31

Slut Walk Toronto...achieves nothing. "Because we've had enough"...of you.

I guess it's time to weigh in on something...

slut 
–noun
1. a dirty, slovenly woman.
2. an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute.


You know, they seemed to have a pretty good point on The Dean Blundell Show this morning when they were talking about that Slut Walk TO. I heard about it in the news and read about some of the backlash in the paper, but all in all it does seem like a pretty big waste of time and a poor reason to cause traffic.

I think that in the end, a whole lot of people are going think a lot less of these women after parading around town wanting to be called sluts without actually achieving anything or helping anyone. It's like someone making fun of my spare tire, then apologizing to me, but then I protest it by eating a cannoli in front of them.

I guess it might have been a better idea if they collected donations for women's support groups (or cancer or anything) while on the walk or even named the event more appropriately (think of the children, muah), but the way its setup now it seems like just a reason to show off somehow in public.

On their site it says: "Any financial contribution would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go directly to SlutWalk and its efforts." Which re-worded could be, "We didn't really think this out, we need help covering our costs (cause we're poor university students) and we aren't actually affiliated with any legitimate organizations or have official supporters." I don't know, maybe just a weird situation and I don't understand it (probably not). The only way that this could possibly work out is if all their signs say "Haters gonna hate" since they seem to be doing whatever they want to anyway.

Update 4/4/2011: Confirmed a comment with an update on their official website: Proceeds over and above any out-of-pocket costs will be going directly to the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. They also have a new Allies section listing supporters.

Sure the guy was wrong to speak candidly and share his thoughts, but at least he apologized for it (somewhat I hear). Other than making "reporters" write overblown stealth brag articles I don't see what good would come out of this.

This event belongs down the drain of my new stunning toilet described as having "Bold. Power."



Also, thank you jack knifed tractor-trailer for blocking off all the traffic on the highway starting at the on-ramp just before mine. Made some pretty sweet time this morning.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sometimes protests simply are put together to raise awareness. If there wasn't an entrenched idea within police services that somehow a woman's sluttishness (i.e. someone who likes sex--which apparently is okay if you're a dude) should correlate somehow with her being sexually assaulted, or that rape has anything to do with sex or slutty clothes rather than power, then awareness wouldn't have to raised at all and I'd have spent the afternoon napping rather than marching down College Street. You just may have missed the point of the march.

Jeanette said...

proceeds over and above any out-of-pocket costs will be going directly to the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre.