Should Black Women Participate in SlutWalks?

by Britni Danielle

SlutWalks began after a Toronto police official speaking to a group of women gave them some advice on how to avoid being raped. Michael Sanguinetti told the group: “I’m not supposed to say this, avoid dressing like sluts.”

Rightfully, many women were outraged by his comment that basically told women who dressed “provocatively” that they were asking to be raped. In protest to his misguided comments, some women began having “SlutWalks.” During these “SlutWalks” women take to the streets dressed provocatively to protest the assumption that the way women are dressed is an invitation for rape.

SlutWalks have been gaining steam throughout the world., but recently, a group of Black feminists led by the sisters over at Black Women’s Blueprint questioned whether Black women should be involved with SlutWalks. Although they appreciate the grassroots movement for inspiring debate and protests about rape, they are uneasy about the usage of the word “Slut” and argues it shuts out many Black women who work diligently to eradicate the use of such words.

The letter states:

We are deeply concerned. As Black women and girls we find no space in SlutWalk, no space for participation and to unequivocally denounce rape and sexual assault as we have experienced it. We are perplexed by the use of the term “slut” and by any implication that this word, much like the word “Ho” or the “N” word should be re-appropriated. The way in which we are perceived and what happens to us before, during and after sexual assault crosses the boundaries of our mode of dress. Much of this is tied to our particular history. In the United States, where slavery constructed Black female sexualities, Jim Crow kidnappings, rape and lynchings, gender misrepresentations, and more recently, where the Black female immigrant struggle combine, “slut” has different associations for Black women. We do not recognize ourselves nor do we see our lived experiences reflected within SlutWalk and especially not in its brand and its label.

As Black women, we do not have the privilege or the space to call ourselves “slut” without validating the already historically entrenched ideology and recurring messages about what and who the Black woman is. We don’t have the privilege to play on destructive representations burned in our collective minds, on our bodies and souls for generations. Although we understand the valid impetus behind the use of the word “slut” as language to frame and brand an anti-rape movement, we are gravely concerned. For us the trivialization of rape and the absence of justice are viciously intertwined with narratives of sexual surveillance, legal access and availability to our personhood. It is tied to institutionalized ideology about our bodies as sexualized objects of property, as spectacles of sexuality and deviant sexual desire. It is tied to notions about our clothed or unclothed bodies as unable to be raped whether on the auction block, in the fields or on living room television screens. The perception and wholesale acceptance of speculations about what the Black woman wants, what she needs and what she deserves has truly, long crossed the boundaries of her mode of dress.

Because, as the letter asserts, Black women can’t afford to be called “sluts” because our sexuality is always viewed critically and suspiciously,  the authors of the letter want the organizers of SlutWalk to be more inclusive of Black women by changing the name of the movement.

They ask:

In that spirit, and because there is so much work to be done and great potential to do it together, we ask that the SlutWalk be even more radical and break from what has historically been the erasure of Black women and their particular needs, their struggles as well as their potential and contributions to feminist movements and all other movements.

Women in the United States are racially and ethnically diverse. Every tactic to gain civil and human rights must not only consult and consider women of color, but it must equally center all our experiences and our communities in the construction, launching, delivery and sustainment of that movement.

We ask that SlutWalk consider engaging in a re-branding and re-labeling process and believe that given the current popularity of the Walk, its thousands of followers will not abandon the movement simply because it has changed its label.

While I appreciate the writers of the open letter adding some much-needed historical context to the protest movement to end sexual violence (and reminding mainstream movements to be more inclusive of Black women), I’m not sure SlutWalks, by virtue of the name, excludes Black women. Many Black, Latina, Asian, and White women have participated in the walks and Alice Walker, prominent feminist foremother said she “always understood the word ‘slut’ to mean a woman who freely enjoys her own sexuality,” and that SlutWalks were “the spontaneous movement that has grown around reclaiming this word speaks to women’s resistance of having names turned into weapons against them.”

There has been a long-held belief in the Black community that we have to look respectable to be taken seriously (by White folks). Because of this, Salamishah Tillet of The Nation and Robin Givhan wonders if the opposite–to confront those stereotypes head on–is also possible?

Whether you agree with the name or not, one thing is clear: The more people working to end sexual harassment and violence, the better.

What do you think, Clutchettes? Have you participated in a SlutWalk? Do SlutWalks exclude black women because of the word ‘slut”? Is a name change in order? 

Talk to me! 

Related Reading
An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers [The Huffington Post]
What to Wear to a SlutWalk [The Nation]
SlutWalks v. Ho Strolls [Crunk Feminist Collective]

  • African Mami

    Have you participated in a SlutWalk?
    A SLUTwho? Never have never will

    Do SlutWalks exclude black women because of the word ‘slut”?
    Hahaha. You kidding right. Our body make up is the same (vjayjay,boobsies etc) as a white woman…So we aint excluded!

    Is a name change in order?
    DUH!

    I would not be a part of a movement that shames my daughter! Hell to the no, dressing provocatively is not the solution….there are other possible avenues. Moreover, dudes might also join in the protest in the name of support but what they really are going to be doing is DROOOOOLING.

  • http://twitter.com/NinjaCate Adele Germany

    While I understand the point that they are trying to make, I sincerely believe that to frame a slut walk in the context of race, is to completely miss the point of a slut walk.

    I really like Alice Walker’s definition of slut: “a woman who freely enjoys her own sexuality” because really, what does slut even mean?it is a term devoid of any objective meaning, and THAT is what slut walks are trying to fight against.

    All those women don’t go running around in skimpy clothes. SOME do. but others wear sweat pants, jeans, dresses, and any manner of clothing. the message isn’t “just because i want to dress like a slut doesn’t mean i should be raped.” the message is “no MATTER WHAT I WEAR, I shouldn’t be raped”.

    I appreciate their sentiments, and I welcome some historical context, but I really feel they’ve missed the point.

  • medina

    even if they didn’t use the word slut who the hell has the right to blame a victim if shes raped? That “oh well, you were asking for it” shit doesn’t slide.
    Do you say the same thing to a 16, 12, 6 etc year old?!?!

    Black people don’t need any part of it because no people need part of it

    SMH

  • jas

    Slutwalks are seeped in privilege that Black Women are exluded from and ignores the current state of Black womanhood. A couple weeks ago, the post ‘You Can’t Take Black Folks Nowhere’ (clutchmagonline.com/2011/09/you-can’t-take-black-folks- nowhere/ ) highlighted the fact that our lives are in danger by simply existing. We aren’t afforded the privilege of safety anywhere, let alone a post bar crawl walk home. Let’s first work on being viewed as women before lending a hand to politically reclaim the word slut

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    You won’t see me @ SlutWalk NYC this Saturday cos I get into feminist politics @ all. But I know of other black women who have done SlutWalk in other cities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    …that is DON’T get into feminist politics.

  • The Comment

    ALL women should join hands to protect each other!

  • sunshyne84

    I didn’t know they were dressing provocatively at these things….. O_o

  • http://none Kit

    I wouldn’t even want to dress provocatively to make a point in this way. I’m sure there would be some unsavoury characters perving at these ‘slut walks’!

    While I believe women should be able to wear whatever they want and freely walk round without being sexually harrassed or assaulted… I also know what kind of society I live in and that there are some people who think that they can harrass women who dress in a certain way.

    For this reason, I don’t advocate dressing provocatively if you are a woman planning to be walking round isolated parts of your neighbourhood on your own late at night. I understand the ‘slut walks’ are trying to make a point, but unfortunately, the reality is it’s just not safe to walk round in revealing clothing in some places.

    I’d sooner advocate cattle prods to shock the genitals of men who grab women who are wearing revealing outfits!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latisha-Nichole-McDaniel/639490409 Latisha Nichole McDaniel

    Attended the SlutWalk in Dallas and while I agree with the concept, some of the speakers were a little off their rocker for me. I agree with Alice Walker’s definition of slut and would consider myself sexually liberated. I am also a victim of sexual molestation and have suffered for many years with my own image as a woman. Did I deserve it? Did I wear something provocative? Am I a slut? So I understand that this word can be hurtful to some people. It took a long time for me to get to this point (and still a work in progress) but I have no probs with someone wanting to claim the word “slut” from a society that wants to shun women for having sexual desires. The word is not the problem. It is the double standards that we really need to address.

  • humanadverb

    The word “slut” never made sense to me until I heard a Nice Guy friend say, “A hooker will sleep with you for money. A slut will sleep with everyone but you.” The word doesn’t have anything to do with women’s behavior, it entirely exists within the patriarchy, a construct designed around ownership of a woman/girl’s body.. it made not have registered at the time, but I’m sure you’ve heard a guy yell “slut” at someone who *won’t* sleep with him.

    Whether its a dad, a husband, a boyfriend, a Nice Guy, the point is, the slut is refusing to be owned. One of the terrorist punishments for that is rape (as the kindly neighborhood cop clearly understood when he informed the slutty Toronto girls). And I can’t think of a better way to strike back and those jerks than by strutting around, un-owned, feeling and looking sexy as hell.

    I’m sensitive that black women are more vulnerable, and this is maybe asking them to put more on the line to participate, but (always within an individual’s comfort zone), re-appropriating the word “slut” is just what’s called for.

  • http://bloggingwhilenursing.com KalleyC

    I understand where the women at Black Woman’s Footprint is coming from. I do applaud the effort to stop blaming the vicim for rape or any other sexually perverse crime. However, I don’t agree in the manner in which it’s being done.

    I won’t be marching calling myself a slut while I have a daughter at home whom I am trying to teach her how to respect herself. By giving into those names and trying to take it back is alienating a lot of women who do want to join in the fight, but refuses to do so by disrespecting themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/SheThrives11 E. Wilson

    another watered-down feminist demonstration that once again leaves black women out, what else is new?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Florence-Burns/100002517936130 Florence Burns

    Personally, no. Never. As a Black woman I don’t have the luxury of falling back on a somewhat positive dichotomy. I’m either a slut already in someone’s eyes or an asexual slut in someone’s eyes.

    The White woman is either a slut in need of rescuing or an empowered slut or a virginal slut worthy of protection and love… so yeah she can herself whatever she wants, but people will treat her far better.

  • Rest.

    Yes. This isn’t a race issue it a woman issue. Your sister or mother or friend could be a victim. I would participate. In some parts of Africa even rape is a daily fear some little girls live with. It is a travesty and I’m glad people are shedding more light on this serious issue.

  • QueenofNewcastle

    Well history is repeating itself again. Black women will use the gains made by white women than assert their blackness to distinguish themselves from any excesses done by those white women making those gains.

    Its like black women only like to turn up for the after party.

    I wouldnt participate in a SlutWalk because its stupid. Rape is a crime but like any other crime there are many things you can do to lessen the chances of you being victimized.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Yawn

    Slut Walks

    another division/diversion (non) “issue” to keep men and women at each other’s throats and their minds off the real cause of men’s and WOMEN’S problems in this society – namely the reign of a corporate shadow government that is hell bent on returning the masses serfdom and slavery, and will not stop until that goal has been accomplished.

    When that happens – there’ll only be ONE WAY to dress, dictated by the religious wing of the Corporate Dictatorship – the Christian Fundamentalist movement.

    They will impose their own brand of “sharia” law, including a dress code for women wihich will put an end to all talk of “slut walks”. Worse than that anyone woman who defies this “sharia” dress code may even face a good ole biblical stoning.

    Jokers. Talk about USEFUL IDIOTS

    There is no “rape culture” of which every man is a sexual threat to every woman, and to paint such a twisted picture of gender relations is indeed to pit man against woman as enemies, and once so divided we are primed to back any reactionary policy designed to remove some right or freedom from the other sex :-

    More jail for so called sexually predatory men

    with men retaliating by supporting extreme right wing fanatic movements who promise to downsize government and remove ALL the social safety nets that WOMEN are most dependent on.

    Just for once women should look beyond their sense of entitlement and see where their foolishness will take all of us and demand that their feminist “leaders” apply themselves to a worthy cause you know like

    and end to imperialist wars
    the dismantlement of capitalism and end to private ownership of the means of production
    a free health service
    addressing climate change and the destruction of the eco system.

    Is there a woman other than Cynthia Mckinney and Michelle Alexander who give a damn about any SERIOUS issue?

    slut walk my ass

    kiss teet

  • PGS

    What “sense of entitlement” are you talking about?

    Are you saying women aren’t entitled to NOT be raped or harassed (which happens EVERY SINGLE DAY when we walk down the street)?

    While I agree that EVERYONE should focus on ending wars, free health care, taking care of the environment, etc…all of that doesn’t have to happen at the expense of women’s safety.

    Sorry sir (or madam?) women are being raped, assaulted, and harassed every single day…and particularly BLACK women. So instead of saying “there is no rape culture”….why don’t you tell me what we call it when a quarter of black women are victims of sexual assault? (and that’s just the folks who report it).

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @PGS

    I don’t treat rape as a special class of crime that has to be given a label that incriminates the entire male population.

    Eg

    I don’t blame a CUCKOLD CULTURE of cheating, lying, theiving women, for the fact that 30% of children are not fathered by their putative fathers (and that’s just the ones we find out about).

    As a man and a potential victim of THAT CRIME, I know that to experince it would be no less a violation to me than rape is to a woman, but I’m not making a anti-woman crusade out of CUCKOLD CULTURE, which clearly exists given the huge numbers of cukolded men.

    Some women are cheating, lying theives, and women who practice paternity fraud should recieve a punishment befitting a deception of that magnitude, but the wrongdoing of those women should not condemn all women.

    Simple

    So no, I reject your rape culture label as nothing more than misandrist sexism.
    If it’s ok to negatively label a whole class of people with tags like rape culture then you stand on shaky ground when you complain when it happens to women.

    Sorry

    I quit gender war some time ago but no one is going to call me a rapist just because I am the opposite sex to them.

    That’s not going to work on me nor the vast majority of men who wouldn’t dream of raping anyone. All you’ll end up doing is alienating men – indeed it’s already happening everywhere you go (online/offline) men are backlashing against this kind of negativity targetted solely at men just for being men.

    Rape is crime that is recognised and punished by law. It’s an offence against the person crime that carries a hefty punishment.

    End of.

    So – as I said a address one of the many problems in this society that are mostly left unaddressed and have much wider impact eg

    war
    economic democracy
    healthcare
    environment

  • PGS

    @ Socially Maladjusted

    Are we even talking about the same thing? Seriously?

    1) Protesting rape & sexual harassment does not incriminate ALL men. It incriminates the rapist. Period. Boys/men are victims of sexual abuse as well.

    Please point to the statement in this thread that blamed ALL men for rape? I’ll wait…

    2) I don’t participate in the Oppression Olympics. So saying we should blame women for men who are wrongly pegged as fathers does little to disuade my views on the abhorrent nature of sexual assault & harassment. Miss me w/ that.

  • Alexandra

    Black women don’t have to participate in SlutWalks, especially given the preconceived notions that ‘some’ rather not deal with.
    But Black women could always start their own walks/protests against sexual assault and Black Women’s Blueprint could do their part by organizing a walk specifically for Black women on their site.

  • ruggie

    Calling yourself a slut, dressing like a tramp, then turning around and demanding respect, hell YES that is a white woman’s concept! Being defiant while demanding protection is a stance many white women hold, and it has turned me off to so-called feminists. Who would protect my no blouse, garter belt -wearing black female body when I have to go home to the ‘hood once the show is over? Yes, I agree with raising awareness that women do not deserve sexual assault due to style of dress but no, I do not think the SlutWalk is a positive, inclusive or respect-worthy way of doing conveying this message.

  • Shannon

    Some people commenting don’t seem to get the concept. It’s not about owning the word “slut.” The organizers are trying to show that no matter how a woman is dressed–even if she fits the common stereotype of someone who dresses in an “slutty” manner–she does not deserve to be the target of sexual assault.

    I think it’s small-minded and only disempowering to cite old patriarchal/racist concepts/images of Black womanhood to say that Black women can’t be a part of this movement because of our history in this country. Should a free Black woman even care about that in 2011?!

  • humanadverb

    You keep using these words, “rape culture.” I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

    Check the avi, creep. If you feel like your man-ness is getting associated with rapist-ness, it is because you are associating your masculine identity with being so rapey. White cis-male here, who doesn’t wear your horsehair coat of “reverse-sexism,” cuz I’m not rapey.

    …and feminist chicks are hotter. You just keep being indignant about feeling so alienated.

  • lulu

    and all the black feminists said AMEN…

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Thank you! I am so tired of black feminists constantly begging to be included. Whether consciously or subconsciously, the “mainstream” feminist movement has made it clear you are non-factor. Get over it and start doing for yourselves. It is just getting pathetic.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    With that last question, I am finding it hard to believe you are black.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @PGS

    Well of course you’ll call it oppression one up manship whenever a male points out that women hurt people too.

    Only women bleed right?

    LOL!

    That indiffrence to male suffering is exactly why I yawn at slogans like rape culture.
    Rape culture slogans lead FALSE RAPE ALLEGATION culture.

    Just ask Julian Assange, a man they couldn’t get except through a trumped up rape charge.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @Humanadverb

    White cis-male here, who doesn’t wear your horsehair coat of “reverse-sexism,” cuz I’m not rapey.

    Good for you because you prove me exactly right when i say the vast majority of men wouldn’t dream of raping anyone. I hope keep it that way and never give into your rapey urges.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    btw

    What else does “rape culture” mean if not to describe a so called WORLDWIDE rape scourge in which male on female rape is the accepted norm?

    If the term was rape sub-culture at least then there’d be some tacit ackowledgement that rape is pathology only found in a dysfunctional minority of men and women who rape.

    But I personally would still object to that.

  • Mr. Man

    Wow. a cup of oxymoron anyone….
    Hey might as well turn some tricks too, yeah that’ll really show’em they aren’t sluts dag-nab-it..

  • Visitor

    Excellent statement by the Black Women’s Blueprint. I think that a lot their points apply to other women as well. A lot of young women want to have it both ways, to play slutty dress-up as a game and yet to be taken seriously. And how dare you accuse them of undermining women?

    They don’t understand that in the complex, public sphere, you have to send a coherent message. If you want respect, you have to project that you are deserving of respect.

    Of course a name change is in order.

  • KingJason

    No because this is stupid. This is preppy white girls with too much time on their hands.

  • Timcampi

    @Adele Germany

    EXACTLY.

  • D-Chubb

    All of this is funny. A stupid man says something ridiculous and all of womankind springs into action to protest it. I say if you want to launch a counterattack, tell the world the truth about what happens in rape. Most women are raped by people they know. The vast majority of women who are raped are NOT attacked because of what they’re wearing, not even in stranger rape. For instance, here in NY recently a woman was raped by a drunk off-duty COP by gunpoint early in the morning. This 25-year-old woman was a schoolteacher on her way to work. I think we can correctly assume she wasn’t wearing anything skimpy.

  • Shannon

    With a question like that, I’m finding it hard to believe that you’re intelligent…

  • Shannon

    *statement* like that

  • Koko

    @KingJason pig.

    The threat of sexual violence affects every woman no matter her race or class. It’s something we should all be fighting against, both men and woman, black and white.

  • Beautiful Mic

    I am for the Slut Walk. Yes, I’d do it.

    No matter how whorish and sexually uncouth a woman is, she has the human right to void of forced sexual and physical attack and/or advances.

    So, let’s walk for all of us women – the prudish, celibate, virgin, whorish and slutty alike. Even a true slur does not deserve to be dehumanized and objectified out of her will.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude in my undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, from two ivy league institutions with a rocking career is all the proof you need.

  • Demi

    Couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you!!

    Feminists = WHITE WOMEN’S RIGHTS
    Womanists = OUR RIGHTS (the ones this online mag is written for)

    As someone else has stated, we have to always find our own voice and speak on our own stories as it has been proven time & time again that no one could nor should be allowed to take the role of agency for us. Forget this little cute “march” as it does not speak to our truths nor our stories. Simply ignore & start paying attention to what is important to us, like no wedding, no womb, true strategies to ensure permanent evacuation from the ‘hood, achieving real live-preserving and life-enhancing goals, reclaiming your humanity and femininity…you know, things of that nature. This IS NOT FOR US!!!!!!!!!

  • African Mami

    yo! hold up! I am feeling so slut educated right about now. This can actually become a major in colleges….proly be called SLUTONOMICS……

  • T

    While I understand the principle of these “walks”, I can’t help but see a few holes in the message. (1) What exactly is the impact and effect of these “walks”? Are they really sending the right message? Or are they just an excuse for perverts to lust after women and see them as objects instead of human beings as they parade down the street? What about the message to young girls? What message are we sending them? Shouldn’t we teach them to respect themselves and to be safe which in my opinion may cause them to want to cover up and leave less to the imagination? (2) Most rapes don’t occur by some stranger with the victim who just happens to be scantily clad. Most rapes occur by women who are wearing more than enough clothes and by someone they know. Also, you can be raped in your home. Also rape is often motivated by control and not lust. (3) This energy should be redirected to helping women learn how to be smart and safe (knowing that there are some crazy people out in the world regardless of what you wear). We should also help those women who have already been victims as well as work on some of these so called laws that cause victims to be victimized over and over again. Overall, the principal is a good one but it is misguided.

  • KrissyG

    Agree. They are missing the point. Using the word “slut” is ironic and a show of defiance; they are not actually calling themselves “sluts.” Also, while I appreciate this organization’s position, if any Black woman wants to go walk, do so. It’s your choice. Me personally, I’d rather learn self defence and volunteer to help women who have been raped.

  • cyan

    Yes while I hear you women and Especially Black young women dress in some of the most ridiculous outfits. I am ashamed to see them sometimes, and yes when they dress like that they give men ideas because after all men are visual creatures and if you wear a suggestive outfit men would heckle and try to pull small talk with you!!!
    All I know is if you dress respectfully – then you will be given respect!!!

  • Simone

    Agreed.

  • theAariD

    This is a very interesting topic. I’ve read everyones responses to the Slutwalks and I think its interesting to see that we as women divide over this issue. First and foremost, I would like to say that I disagree with Alice Walker and her definition of the word “slut”. IMO, there was never a time when we owned this word and decided to make it useful for us as saying that it means that woman is sexually free. Like another person said, this word was used by men to exemplify patriarchy, control, and ownership of a female’s body. It was never used as an endearing term for the love of sisterhood of different creeds, skin tones, ethinicities, or etc.

    Rape and other sexual crimes have been in play since the biblical days. Men have always had the upperhand, the driver’s seat in ALL socieities. Yes, some cultures were different in thier ways of respecting women and families; in some cultures, the men’s job was to protect his woman and his family no matter what, while in others they abused the women and children–evidently abusing their own God-given masculinity.

    I don’t believe in Slutwalks. Period. Like many people before me have said, women don’t have to look like sluts, prostitutes, or whores to get raped. Many women who get raped get abused by a family member or someone else they thought they could trust. Some women get raped by coworkers or people of a certain authority (bosses, government officials, police officers, etc.

    There is no doubt that the officer was very wrong when he said that women who dress like sluts get raped. Because he’s invalid. Women, who have almost ALWAYS been a oppressed group of people no matter where they come from, are suceptible of being used and abused no matter how dressed. It all comes from this sense of male dominance and abuse of masculinity on the men’s behalf. However, I don’t believe that this incident should give women the want to retaliate by dressing up like “sluts” and trying to take back the word. It never belong to us. It was a word men created to hold us down. In my mind, as a young woman who is barely 20, I do not see women dressed in this fashion as positive or inspirational. I don’t see it as something empowering. This is the exact image that we have been portrayed for the past,…God knows how long!

    IMO, being sexually expressive and free is not “freedom” at all. To me, sex is an act that people should really take more seriously. It involves emotion and the feeling of being attached to someone else. It’s the most intimate act you could have with another person. To me, freedom is having enough respect for yourself that you are not willing to give up your valuable goods to just anyone. Freedom is knowing who you are, inside out as a woman and loving yourself for who you are. Freedom, is feeling sexy without having sex, or showing off way too many goods. It’s confidence and its love.

    Women need to first love themselves and respect themselves. As Whitney did say, that’s the greatest love of all. Self-respect.

    As for the differences between cultures when it comes to woman’s rights, I say that without a doubt there is. African-American women have a certain stigma pressed to them. For years, ever since slavery, we have been seen as sexually wild and exhibited; wild beasts of nature that white male masters use to fantasize about. Our sexuality alone has been raped as history and the media portrays us as sins, guilty pleasures, physically distorted in our natural derriere (please look up Sarah Baartman), and wild animals.

    White women have never been criticized or put down as worse as we have been. So indeed, it is a different battle we have to fight, especially when you take on the facts of living in the inner cities and such.

    I really do believe that we all need to look deeply into the reasons why we want to protest certain things. I mean, really all these Occupy Wall Streets and other spin offs across the world? The outbreaks against leaders in Africa? And now this? What is going on in this world right now to make everyone want to protest? You can’t protest every single little ocurrence because then at the end of the day, What have you really done?

  • E.M.S.

    Honestly, I’m a young black woman & I think it’s a miss-placed overreaction. Never in my life have I heard of the term slut being associated with black women in the way this letter suggests. The term slut is used against all types of women, regardless of shape, size, or skin color.

  • E.M.S.

    The Slutwalks are not denying the fact that women are raped in many other situations, the entire movement was specifically aimed at what the officer said. If you’re trying to apply it to all cases of rape then of course it doesn’t make sense.

    You may not believe that sexual expressiveness is a freedom but that is your opinion. Face it, some people have different ideas of sex, and you cannot judge them for looking at it differently than yourself because there isn’t a “correct” way to view it. It’s all about preferences.

    Actually protest has accomplished quite a lot in our nation’s history. Women protested against their inability to vote or wear pants, we are now able to do both. The black community protested against Jim Crow laws & segregation, we are now integrated into society. Those are just two examples, but very significant ones.

    These are not “single little occurrences.” These are things that are completely unjust, and the people are now understanding they truly have the power to make things change if they demand it. Rising up in numbers it the greatest insurance you have if you want a revolution.

    If you truly believed in equality & the government doing its job for all peoples of this nation you would support OWS. Do you think it’s fair our government is designed to serve the richest 1% of our nation while the majority is met with senseless financial struggles?

    I bet if you think about it some economic issue in your life is directly correlated to this issue, and it should make you angry our government behaves this way. Even if you don’t, trust me, the revolution has begun.

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