Sluts Take Over Downtown in First-Ever Chicago SlutWalk

This past Saturday, sluts and slut lovers all over the Chicagoland area joined forces in a walk to take a stand against rape culture and spread an important but powerful message about sexual assault. Just because a woman [or man!] is dressed provocatively...or has been drinking...or is being totally skanking it up on the dance floor...it does not mean that she/he wants to sleep with you.

Let me repeat myself...

Just because someone is acting like a slut, does not mean they want to do you. Nor does it mean you get to have your way with them. Got it?

Okay. Now that that's clear...let's continue...

The first-ever Chicago event was inspired by Slut Walk Toronto after a
member of the Toronto Police Service went on record saying "Women should
avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."

REALLY?!?!?!?!

Yes, really. You read that right.

Instead of preaching a simple "Don't Rape" message...the thought process became "Don't Get Raped." Passing blame to the victim. Not the individual committing the crime. All because someone thought they were dressed like they were asking for it. 

So on Saturday, in a peaceful march throughout the loop, thousands of women, men and children of all ages, races and sexualities, came together to take a stand against sexual assault.

Their message was simple and clear...and worth your time to take a look...

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  • Thanks for making me aware of this. This protest is awesome!

  • In reply to PatriciaBiesen:

    No problem, Patricia! It was ABSOLUTELY awesome to be out there watching it all.

  • In reply to PatriciaBiesen:

    That post was thorough and done well, thanks.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    Thanks, TR!

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    You are right. It most certainly does not. This is a powerful assembly!!

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    I had no idea there was this strong of a message behind it - that's awesome! Such a great event.

  • In reply to TRSlyder:

    Sometimes you gotta act like a damn fool to get peoples attention. No one desreves to be sexually attacked!

  • In reply to lilwill744:

    Amen!

  • In reply to lilwill744:

    Dave Chappelle said it best:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBPaenkxdg

  • In reply to lilwill744:

    But you really want respect, is that it?

  • In reply to jorod:

    No, I want SAFETY and fairness first. Respect would be ideal, but that might be way down the road. I'd be satisfied with basic body autonomy and not having a high likelihood of being brutually attacked. Also, related wants include not being scruntized and blamed by police and the legal system if I am the victim of a felony.

  • In reply to jorod:

    Back when I was working at a medical advocate for sexual assault victims I would have been ALL OVER marching in this protest. Now that I have kids and 50,000 other things to do I am sorry that I couldn't make it. It's good to see so many advocates and allies out there marching for women's safety.

  • In reply to christinewhitley:

    It was truly impressive to see so many people of all backgrounds out there.

  • In reply to jorod:

    When is the sexless prudes walk? Oh, wait...The GOP convention is next summer.

  • In reply to jorod:

    Bravo! This has inspired me to start the first-ever Chicago StudWalk. Just because I look and act like a stud doesn't mean I want to sleep with every hot MILF/college coed that walks by, nor does it mean women get to have their way with me at an hour of their choosing.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Oh gwill...I heart your comments. If you coordinate the StudWalk, I'll be there. But in all seriousness, sexual assault is a two way street. It's not just women who are victims.

  • In reply to gwill:

    The message these women are conveying of course is true, no matter how one is dressed, no means no. But honestly the point would have been more powerful if the women who attended were not so utterly unappealing. I wasted a few minutes going threw 75 photos and I only saw 3 or 4 women I would do (with their consent of course) and I'm not the pickiest guy in ther world. I guess what I am saying is Mooooooo!

  • In reply to drewwerd:

    Well then. First and foremost, I appreciate your candor. Secondly, I appreciate you sharing the true content of your character.

    Carry on.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Sorry folks, rape is a terrible thing, but this march won't be any more useful than when they have the constant Stop The Violence marches in the gang-ridden neighborhoods. Why? Because gang bangers and other assorted criminals don't care what you think. And neither do rapists. If a rapist targets you because you are dressed more provacatively, well, then that's what he's doing. And you trying to convince them NOT to do that through a march is futile. There are just some people who won't live up to what you think the world SHOULD be.

    So Awesome Barb, you say that "Just because someone is acting like a slut, does not mean they want to do you. Nor does it mean you get to have your way with them." This is true. But it begs the question, for the subset of women who 'act' like sluts and are NOT trying to invite sex, why do they do it? What's the reason(s), in your estimation? What is the purpose? What do they get out of it?

  • In reply to Chenjesu:

    Chenjesu, I think you're missing the big picture here. Yes, rape is horrible and no one should ever have to suffer from it...but the problem here is the fact that women are being BLAMED for it. The fact that government officials are preaching "Don't Get Raped" rather than the obvious message of "Don't Rape." Do you, in your honest opinion, find anything wrong with that? Even the most modest of women who do not dress like they're "inviting it" as you're describing it fall victim to this horrible crime and still get blamed.

    Why march? There are countless reasons why the organizers pulled together this landmark event. But at the end of the day, these women marched because it is their right. I'm not here to get into a behavioral debate of why men and women dress one way and act another. That's not the point. The point is to raise awareness on rape culture and to take a public stand against it. And this weekend more than 2500 women and men did just that.

    It takes one small spark to inspire a landslide of change. And while things may not drastically change immediately as a direct result of this protest, it did trigger a chain of reactions. If even one person took something away from the event...it was a success. And the fact that SlutWalks are being coordinated in dozens of cities across the country as a result of the Toronto event speaks volumes.

    So yes, while there are people who will simply not live up to what we think the world SHOULD be...that shouldn't stop anyone from trying to make this world of ours a better place in the meantime.

  • In reply to Chenjesu:

    I'm somewhat amazed first at the stupidity of this comment and second that no one has said that its a well-known and accepted fact that the vast majority of rape/sexual assaults are done by men whom the survivor knows and frequently knows well. So yes a march like this CAN help a little bit at least to let guys know that just because a girl you like (and acts like she likes you) is dressed sexy at a party or something that does not mean she is required to have sex or put up with sexual harrassment. This is also true if she is your girlfriend. The idea that rape is mainly committed by strangers sneaking around is backwards, out of date thinking.

    As for why people dress like 'sluts'? Well I guess they want to and have the freedom to. In some places normal Chicago summer dress would be considered 'slutty'. We have multiple cultural standards here, get used to it.

  • In reply to jorod:

    No, we want to not be raped.

  • In reply to annoir:

    I'm no9t advocating rape, but if you want to be stared at, dress like sluts.

  • In reply to jack:

    Absolutely jack. Stare away. I think that is the point they are trying to make. You can look but you cannot touch unless we say yes. What is so hard about that?

  • In reply to annoir:

    I looked at those women and I don't think any of them need to worry about unwanted sexual advances.

  • In reply to essensiemich:

    So what you are implying is that less attractive individuals are immune to sexual assault? Right. Good logic.

    /end sarcasm.

  • In reply to Awesome Barb:

    In case you needed further insight into the type of individual you're dealing with-he posted a link to "Run Sarah (Palin) Run" Shirts on my blog.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Ah, good call Steve. Good call... ;)

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Important event and important message. Marches in general are not cures for their antecedents, but they do call attention to issues - generate awareness and conversation. Good blog, good pictures.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Woah. All is suddenly clear.

  • In reply to lilwill744:

    YAY SLUTS!

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