Anonymous said: Why October? Why such a long gap in between walks? I'm just curious - do you/have you worked with any community agencies/organizations to organize slutwalk?
The first walk originated in-line with an on-campus project, but we found that the turnout of the event was low due to it falling after exams ended and students had already left for the summer. As well, as students ourself, we found April to be too hectic of a time to try to organize and plan SlutWalk parallel with trying to succeed in our studies. We are working in partnership with Women in Crisis of Guelph and Wellington County as of right now, although following this school season we will be beginning to work on planning SlutWalk Guelph and hope to create more allies in the process. SlutWalk happening in October is partially due to this partnership, as we are running it the week following Take Back the Night, hopefully creating 10 days of events in between hosted by community partners on related topic. As well, we feel early October will be a better time to reach the student population as well as Guelph’s population at the same time, and hopefully the weather will be warmer!
If you have any more questions or concerned, or want to get involved with the SlutWalk Guelph movement, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SlutWalk Guelph Team
engendered said: hey there, has slutwalk guelph already happened?
Hello! SlutWalk Guelph took place April 2013 and will be taking place again this year in October 2014! Please feel free to find us on Facebook @SlutWalkGuelph (not the 2013 group) to stay up to date on the event!
huh weird so rapists are, like, lying about the number of people they’ve raped but all we can focus on are those damn hypothetical lying women who lied about being assaulted? lying liars lying all the time damn women lying. there’s a bigger lie in our midst, it would seem
SlutWalk Guelph is looking for volunteers for an event downtown Guelph TOMORROW night, Thursday October 16th from 10 pm until 12 am.
This event is a fundraiser for SlutWalk Guelph, will be a Stoplight themed party and will be held at Vinyl.
We need volunteers the night of to help with the distribution of coloured beads for the consent focus as well as safe sex packs and references for the Guelph area.
If you are interested email email@example.com ASAP and let us know your availability!
Part of the refusal to focus the responsibility and agency of committing the crime on the rapists (“what do you expect would happen?” as if the rapists are like a force of nature) is that these people DO think she deserved to be punished for her behaviour that they disapprove of, and they LIKE the idea that there are other people who will punish her for it. They WANT rape to be something that “just happens” to you if you’re bad, or go to jail, or whatever, rather than focusing on who does it, because if you do the latter, you might stop it, and if you stop it, then there’s no punishment…
Rape apologists believe that women acting a certain way is something that should be “corrected.” They just don’t want to be the ones to do it, but it’s useful to them if others “fix” the problem for them. So, it’s useful to them if homophobes believe that killing somebody is self defense because of “gay panic,” or men believe that raping an unconscious woman is something they can’t (and therefore don’t need to) control. It allows them to have something “uncontrollable” to threaten people with, and put the onus on the victim to avoid getting killed/raped rather than on the perpetrator, because in the victim-blaming narrative, there isn’t one. The rapist is like the wind, and the victim is a person who built their house poorly.
And that’s why people also are defending the rapists and acting as if it’s unfair for them to be convicted of a crime, because they believe these people weren’t wrong, that without them, how would this girl be punished? What would be the consequences of her drinking too much as a girl without the rapists? How could you threaten women to behave in our society if there isn’t a threat of rape? These guys were just enacting the “consequences” that they wanted her to face for being a girl and drinking too much.
The rapist as force of nature, rather than human being responsible for choosing to assault somebody, is really important to rape culture, to rape as corrective social tool, and a way to control women’s behaviour. In a way, these rape apologists aren’t wrong when they claim they aren’t blaming her for being raped because in order to blame her, you’d have to think her rape was wrong in the first place. And to them, it wasn’t, because to them, she’s the one that did something wrong. She’s the one that partied, drank, and flirted as a girl. She deserved punishment. To them, the rape wasn’t wrong. It was justice."
— Amy Angelwings, The specter of “rape as punishment” behind the rape apologia around Steubenville (via seebster)
Dee Graham, Edna Rawlings & Roberta Rigsby. Loving to Survive: sexual terror, men’s violence, and women’s lives. NYU Press. July 1 1994. (p. 21)
“Why doesn’t she just leave him?!” Well shit, I wonder why?! Research it! (via the-uncensored-she)