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Why We Need SlutWalk: A study in comments

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There’s been some controversy over the SlutWalk protests taking place across the world. There’s a lot to say, but until I have the time to write something comprehensive, I thought I would let oh-so-lovely commenters from around the globe demonstrate why SlutWalks are so desperately needed. 


I kind of feel sorry for the police officer. I understand that he wasn’t blaming victims but it has all been blown out of proportion. I mean we prosecute thieves but we also tell people to lock their doors when they go out.”

Seriously if you wish to dress sexy and strut your stuff you should expect sexual violence. Yes you can blame the man who cannot control himself but if he is found guilty you should also be found guilty of being so inviting.”

you women that dress provocatively will attract the pervert/rapist whatever nearby. simple as that. when they see boobs and thigh and butt they all go nuts. so dont entice them as much as possible.”

you shows your assets off you are just as much at fault if you get raped.

 “Do not just blame the person doing the assaulting if you are going to run around strutting your stuff.”

if i didn’t want my car to be broke in. i would lock the doors and keep valuables out of site. will that save it? no, but it lowers my risk. ladies, carry mace and learn to fight otherwise you might make yourself a victim by giving wrong impressions.”

 You wouldn’t be walking through a safari park smelling of bacon, would you?”

If you dress like a billboard, you are going to get customers. You can’t just do whatever you want and expect everyone to think what you demand. You are not that special.”

 The Globe and Mail:

“It’s commonplace to see women walking around with cleavage exposed; at a hospital the other day a delightful young lady leaned over to fill out a form and actually revealed a nipple — but don’t look, whatever you do. How many parents have you heard worrying about their teen daughters dressing like, uh, sex workers — but don’t glance at them in case you’re accused of something foul. Something’s obviously being invited — but don’t dare think what that might be.”

“women should be aware that sexy dressing does increase the risk of unwanted attention.” 

“Young women need to take more responsibility for their actions. Body language, including how you dress, send out messages - and such messages may be misinterpreted by young men. Yes, young men have a responsibility as well, but if women are not looking for attention from men, then don’t dress in ways that will surely get it and then act all innocent!!! That is insulting to other women!!!”

“Ladies, you have chosen a name that invites abuse”

The Sydney Morning Herald:

"My dear old mother used to say: "They that lack respect for themselves and throw themsleves away, get treaded upon".  Men also have had the right and capacity to walk down dark allies at night whenever and wherever they want to, with their posessions and valuables on display But prudence, reality and life experience suggests to them that it would be foolish to risk life, limb and property. to exercise that right.”

 you dress like sluts but say “it doesn’t mean we’re sluts because we’re dressed that way” yes and you might be right but let me tell you, you are wearing the sluts uniform.”

“Behave like ladies, and maybe more men will behave like gentlemen.”

Men will always be attracted to the slut outfit, especially when alcohol is involved…. blind freddie could understand that….. and I think these ladies do as well……”

 Maybe a good rule of thumb could be - dont leave a bar or nightclub with someone you dont know dressed in little more than your underwear? that may help reduce sexual assaults. Dont invite trouble”

 The same as when you run across a busy street instead of using a crossing increases your chances of getting hit by a tram or car. Furthermore, when they get drunk and involve themsleves with men (whether it be ina nightclub or back at his place) they are further highening their chances that something will occur. Some men have a predisponsition to commiting these acts (criminal acts) and this is far increased when they are with a woman in slutty clothes, taking drugs or alcohol, and flirting and fooling around. They need to take some responsibility for their own actions.”

 if you are a woman who dresses skimpily, your chances of being a victim are increased. As a society, we can blame the rapist till the cows come home but that is not going to help the person who has been raped. The best way to ensure you don’t become a victim in the world in which i live, is to not draw attention to yourself. Responsibility for oneself is also essential to ensure you don’t become a victim.”


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