Consent is Sexy.
This Saturday London played host to the latest SlutWalk protest. The march was a great turnout and saw people from all walks of life take to the streets to denounce sexual abuse of any nature. For all those who don’t know, the SlutWalk movement started in Toronto last year after policeman, Michael Sanguinetti, suggested that to remain safe women should ‘avoid dressing like sluts’.
Even without the need of translation services, his opinion spread around the globe and the SlutWalk movement was born. Worldwide, young women and their friends have dressed provocatively and brought signs, slogans and sound systems with them to march and demonstrate their reluctance to accept blame for such incidents, as Sanguinetti was suggesting they should.
Everyone who participated in the march in London this weekend, which began at Hyde Park Corner and ended in Trafalgar Square, was well received by crowds of photographers, police and tourists who stopped to watch, often joining in themselves. The array of inspirational chants throughout the day ranged from, ‘sexual abuse – no excuse’ to ‘where ever we are, where ever we go, yes means yes and no means no’, with my personal favourite being the continuos ‘teachers – sluts, pensioners – sluts, lesbians – sluts’. You get the gist.The costumes and signs that the crowd came in and with were equally surprising, with many turning up in just their underwear.
The responses to the SlutWalk movement have been many and incredibly varied. Some influential male figures have suggested that dressing appropriately is ‘risk management’, however many men feel that by taking this stance is to suggest that every man is a rapist by nature. Regardless of the reception that those involved received, it seems obvious that the movement will only continue to grow in strength and numbers, inspiring supporters and victims alike.