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This coming Saturday, at Noon, a "SlutWalk" will take place in Boston. This is a new concept to me, but it's very interesting and I think it would be a powerful tool for the transgender community.

Here are the details, from the posting on a local activist board.
This event is inclusive to all genders, all sexual orientations, all races, all ethnicities. This event will not only entail standing up against rape culture and slut-shaming, but will also create an environment of grrrl love and a sense of solidarity.

We will be marching in protest of rape culture and slut-shaming, and ending with speakers, including feminist Jaclyn Friedman, workshops, and other activities!

FAQ:

What is Rape Culture: The culture that makes it okay for women to be raped. For example, blaming the victim because she was either scantily clad or drunk. Women are also punished by rape culture for being sexual, because often a woman can't be taken seriously in court if she confesses or is suspected to have had multiple sexual partners.

Ex. A woman in Italy, in the winter of 1999 was raped but was told it was impossible by authorities because she was wearing jeans. So, really it's impossible to be raped while wearing jeans in Italy, apparently.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/277263.stm

What is slut-shaming: Slut-shaming is when an individual or a group of people put down a woman based on the number of sexual partners she has or had. Slut-shaming correlates with rape culture, because as was said before, a rape victim can be automatically dismissed if called a slut.

What is a Slutwalk: A Slutwalk is a walk in which women (and men) walk to protest rape culture and slut shaming. It is also to promote the idea that a slut isn't necessarily bad, but that society is constantly putting a bad connotation on the word itself.

Why are we doing a Slutwalk: To promote awareness that rape culture is an ongoing problem in our society and that slut shaming is NEVER okay in any form, whether it be verbal or physical.

Recently a Toronto Police Officer claimed, "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."

Slutwalk Toronto is the first Slutwalk and you can find all of their info here:

http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/

http://www.excal.on.ca/news/dont-dre...t-toronto-cop/

For more information/Questions/Concerns:

Bostonslutwalk2k11@yahoo.com

*****WORKSHOPS*******

Workshops will take place at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor, Chinatown. The building has a small step in the entry way and an elevator. All workshops are free.

The Power of Language by Kali at 3PM to 3:30PM
Partner Violence by Network La Red at 4PM to 4:30PM
Men's Role in Preventing Rape & Sexual Assault by Northeastern Sport in Society at 4:30PM to 5PM
SlutStyles (on polyamory and non-monogamy) by Honey from Poly Boston at 5PM to 5:30PM
This is like an aggressive version of "Take Back the Night" and it would be interesting to have the transgender community take to the streets in a similar way.
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Ah yes. I remember reading about this when it occurred in Canada. Not too keen on the name of it to be honest.
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Not sure how much coverage this has been getting in the media in the US but here's a write-up from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13320785
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