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7 Dec ’15

La Marcha De Las Putas (The Slut Walk) Buenos Aries, Argentina

For the record, I’m not a woman. I’m just another Caucasian American male who has obliviously and sometimes not so obliviously enjoyed his status as such. This isn’t wrong by any means, it was just the lot many of us were casted; a simple matter of genetics; a chromosomal soirée that happened long before we had any control or say in the matter.  Carrying around the yolk of the white male guilt isn’t necessary or helpful to anyone. But knowledge or perspective more specifically is vastly underrated.

 

I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Believe it or not these words were actually spoken during a lecture at the Faculty of Law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, Canada; by a Police Constable no less. And, we think Donald Trump says some pretty ignorant stuff.

 

This is just one piece of dialogue representing the general sentiment of victim blaming; and just so happens to have been the kindling to the revolution of the “Slut Walk”. The name sounds derogatory, but it’s being brandished as a banner of empowerment and a very effective weapon to raise awareness.  The series of rallies, marches and protests began in Toronto in 2011 and has made its way as far as New York, London, and all over South America, where this type of ignorant machismo is insanely endemic. It’s practically a part of the Latin culture, the subjugation of their “sluts”

 

This La Marcha De Las Putas hosted an array of speakers from activists to rape survivors, informational booths and performance artists depicting discarded battered women; literally a bruised girl in a trashcan. The visuals are, needless to say as visceral as they are effective.

 

 

 

 

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