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In early October, over 700 women, men and children marched over Hennepin Avenue and Stone Arch Bridges to protest attitudes toward sexual violence in dominant culture. The march, labeled “Slutwalk,” was prompted by Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti’s statement that women should “avoid dressing like sluts” to avoid sexual assault. The first march took place in Toronto last April, with women dressed in their most provocative attire. Slutwalk has since become an international movement. Marches have happened in cities across the world, including Minneapolis, New York, Melbourne Australia, Delhi and London.
The choice of the word “slut” is controversial, with some feminists objecting to its use as a term people use to subjugate and shame women. A 2009 sociological study also suggests that using words with negative connotations in an attempt to reclaim them does not effectively destigmatize them and can actually reinforce the associated stigma. While aware of these objections, Slutwalk organizers have chosen to retain the term for its attention-getting power. Continue reading