SlutWalk Winnipeg

Welcome to the SlutWalk Winnipeg site. This site is where we’ll post all information about the event as it unfolds.

What are we?
Slutwalk Winnipeg is an awareness march and peaceful protest with the intent to challenge the current culture which places blame on sexual assault victims rather than offering support, and forcing the rapists to take responsibility for their actions.
The event will occur on October 15th, 2011 at 2pm beginning at the Burton Cummings Theatre when we will all march to the Legislative Building and offer speakers and opportunities for discussion on the many perspectives on this important issue.

Why are we doing this?
*The institutions sworn to protect us ‘have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve, we just ask that you come. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us. This has become a global movement, with Satellites happening all over the world.’

Why “Slut”Walk?

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.

We are a movement demanding that our voices be heard. We are here to call foul on the way victims of sexual assault are treated and rape myths perpetuated by the institution sworn to protect. We want to feel that we will be respected and protected should we ever need them, but more importantly be certain that those charged with our safety have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.

We are tired of speeches filled with lip service and the apologies that accompany them. What we want is meaningful dialogue and we are doing something about it: WE ARE COMING TOGETHER. Not only as women, but as people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere.

*NOTE: Most of the above comes from the Toronto Slutwalk official website with slight changes to apply to Winnipeg

What can YOU do? Join us in our mission to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.

Where can you find us?
Email: slutwalkwpg@hotmail.ca
Facebook: SlutWalk Winnipeg
Twitter: SlutWalkWpg

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2 thoughts on “SlutWalk Winnipeg

  1. so i’ve heard about the upcoming slutwalk taking place in winnipeg. im a 22 year old female from winnipeg, and i have a few opinions on the matter. First let me say that i do agree that no matter what a girl wears, doesnt give any guy permission to do something that girl doesnt want. no exceptions…. but all girls should know by now that most men are pigs (no offence guys), so if u plan on wearing clothes with your goods hanging out, you cant expect men not to notice or look. and i dont believe anyone goes out thinking “oh, i didnt realize i was dressed like this”. every girl owns a mirror and if u go out showing off ur goods, u dressed like that on purpose, and i think ur looking for attention. so i can see why girls dressed more provacatively are at a higher risk of getting assulted than those who dress more conservatively. (still doesnt give guys the right) i also think that girls who like to dress more provacatively are rubbing it in guys’ faces. maybe guys wouldn’t be so tempted if they didnt see boobs hanging out everywhere they went. i also think this whole slutwalk is just a way to justify dressing provacatively, making it seem alright for girls to walk around with all their goods hanging out. and i dont agree with that, i have younger sisters below the age of 10, and i dont want them thinking its ok to show off their body like that. i want them to respect themselves and their body. i think dressing provacatively is also a form of disrespect. why is it girls think they need to show off their goods? its YOUR body, nobday says u have to share it with the world, so why dont u respect urself enough to cover your body. and girls, i truly believe that if we started respecting ourselves, and dressing more conservatively we would get a whole lot more respect from the male gender. im a young girl, and im comfortable in my body, but i have no desire to show it off to the world. its my body and mine alone. you can still dress girly and look good without having your goods hanging out. and again like i said, no matter what a girl wears doesnt give a guy permission. but maybe we can help by not tempted guys, but covering up. these are just my opinions.

  2. Thanks for your comment Kyla, I think you’ve touched on an important aspect of this event that a lot of people are confused about. And while there are a variety of issues that I could expand on from your comment, I will simply focus on the idea of “provocative dress.”

    My first response to this is: what exactly IS provocative or “slutty” dress? Is it too short a skirt, too low a top, too tight a dress, too high a heel? Who decides what is “too”? This is a purely subjective judgment, and one that actually has very little to do with the issue at hand.

    Secondly, what one person defines as respecting their body is also purely subjective. I consider respecting my body as keeping it in good health, and clean and clothed and warm. How much skin I show is not necessarily a part of that measure.

    I think we can all agree that non-consensual sexual assault on any person is unacceptable. But the point is: what do my clothes have to do with that? When Constable Sanguinetti said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” he was engaging in so many underlying assumptions, generalizations and intolerant attitudes that one is forced to “call foul” (to use the words of SlutWalk Toronto).

    Do those who dress less conservatively in fact get attacked more frequently? This is simply not the case, children, the elderly, people wearing sweats and really…all of us are at risk. There is not some sort of “sluttiness threshold” that gets passed which automatically turns a normal person into a predator. The majority of sexual assaults do not occur by strangers in dark alleys, they often are committed by people the victim already knows.

    So if we are all at risk of sexual assault, and it only occurs because of our “slutty” clothing, and if only “sluts”” wear slutty clothing – then I guess that means that we are all “sluts.” So SlutWalk is a means of brining to light the ridiculousness of that logic. To attempt to bring awareness to the prevalence of victim blaming. Anyone who engages in sexual assault is responsible for their own behaviour – the victims neither invited it, nor deserved it.

    We look forward to seeing you at the event Kyla, please come over and introduce yourself to us!

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