Slut Walk: Women’s Empowerment Walk Essay

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In a recent movement called the “Slut Walk”, a protest began after a Toronto police officer told a group of college women that, “if they hoped to escape sexual assault, they should avoid dressing like “sluts”” (Traister, Par 1). The college students were enraged by the ignorance the cop displayed and the assumption the cop made that dressing in provocative clothing is an invitation to rape. Thus began “Slut Walk,” a movement followed by thousands of men and women all across the world. Their message is “Yes means yes and no means no” (Pikigton, Par 4).
In my opinion the movement’s intentions are sound; however there are many areas in this protest that can be misleading and can potentially be a cause for concern.
The protestors do an excellent job of getting their main messages out, which I stated before was dressing a certain way, provocatively, in skimpy clothes.; even if a person is in the nude, it does not mean this is an invitation or that it makes it okay for someone to sexually assault you or rape you. However where the protest becomes misleading and very confusing is in the title itself using the word “Slut.”
Webster dictionary defines the word Slut as” a slovenly or promiscuous woman” (“Slut” def. 1). Promiscuous is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “not restricted to one sexual partner” (“Promiscuous def.1). Furthermore, it is a word used to describe someone who is not sexually restricted or, in other words, loose. Using the word in the movement itself is a setback; imagine if Martin Luther King were to have a rally using the derogatory “N” word followed by the word “walk”. This would not help the cause and would, in essence, make the case extremely misleading.
As a male, in my perspective when first hearing about “Slut Walk”, I thought are prostitutes going on strike? Further reading about the movement I had a puzzled expression, why use a derogatory word to make your point about rape. Reading on, I discovered a founder of the walk Heather Jarvis stated that using the world slut was a way of empowerment, however the Arthur of “"Thousands of scantily-clad women to march in London as 'SlutWalk' protest reaches,” Arthurs’s believes that “"far from empowering women, attempting to reclaim the word has the opposite effect, simply serving as evidence that women are accepting this label given to them by misogynistic men," concluding "Women should not protest for the right to be called slut”(Arthurs, par 14).
The word slut was given by men who thought they were better than women, and now these women’s are accepting it. These women don’t mind being called sluts; they are willing to accept it, empowered and say you can’t harm us anymore with this word. As empowering as it can be to accept the word slut, its taking away from their main message that rape is never okay. To me accepting a term that is demoralizing and so strong is just illogical and plain wrong.
The “N” word has become culturally used in the black...

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