What are “Slut Walks”?

In Toronto last year, a police officer caused an outrage after he said that women should “avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” during a speech to a public university. That statement didn’t sit right with many women, who felt that the way they dress doesn’t make them any less of a victim in a sexual assault case. Since then, several thousand sparsely dressed women have walked the streets. In Brazil, the “Slut Walk” was held on Saturday. The marchers called for an end to physical, sexual and psychological violence against women.

The women wore lingerie, mini skirts, and plummeting necklines while they marched through downtown Brasilia. Maybe next year something similar will happen in the United States. The excuse that “boys will be boys” or that the women were “asking for it” is getting pretty overused, and needs to stop. Over 60 cities already participate in the “Slut Walks”.

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