Washington, DC SlutWalk|
August 13, 2011
LoveVoodoo.com is a proud sponsor of SlutWalk D.C. SlutWalk was started in Toronto, in January 2011, when a representative of the Toronto Police gave a shocking insight to the Forces view of Sexual Assault. It seems the Toronto Police believe that women that dress like "sluts" are asking for it! Unfortunately we believe that attitude extends far beyond the Toronto Police department. I personally have heard similar things from police right here in the United States. Obviously I am not the only one, because Slut Walks have been popping up all of the place.
This August 13th, LoveVoodoo will have representative at Slut Walk DC. We encourage all LoveVoodoo members to attend the event. I know we have plenty of Sluts on site, including my wife! Fortunately, most of us in the Lifestyle, know that it is up to the ladies, when they feel like being sluts and when they do not. It is amazing and a bit sad that a lady dressed like a slut will receive more respect in a Swingers Club, and on a Swingers site, then in a regular club in DC or walking down the street. It is also an opportunity to let the rest of society know, that they have been misjudging the Lifestyle for years, and that they should look in the mirror, if they want to see who has their views on Sexuality twisted!
There will be two SlutWalk planning meetings before the event.
June 18 (12 - 3 PM) and July 2 (3 - 6 PM)
The Emergence Community Arts Collective
733 Euclid St. NW
Meetings Link http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134809266595701
For mor information on SlutWalk DC, visit http://www.slutwalkdc.org
Press release available at http://www.lovevoodoo.com/Public/press_releases/Swingers-Site-Sponsoring-Slutwalk.asp
From the website of the Toronto SlutWalk
On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”..
As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behavior creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.
Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated. We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.
We are a movement demanding that our voices be heard. We are here to call foul on our Police Force and demand change. We want Toronto Police Services to take serious steps to regain our trust. We want to feel that we will be respected and protected should we ever need them, but more importantly be certain that those charged with our safety have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.
We are tired of speeches filled with lip service and the apologies that accompany them. What we want is meaningful dialogue and we are doing something about it: WE ARE COMING TOGETHER. Not only as women, but as people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere.
We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve, we just ask that you come. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us.
This has become a global movement, with Satellites happening all over the world. See if there’s one in your city. Join us in our mission to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception. We are currently working on the next steps for SlutWalk Toronto, and SlutWalk as an umbrella for a global support system. Check out what we’ve got planned for the rest of the year. You can also chime in on our Facebook Page, where hundreds of conversations are taking place