Earlier this year in Toronto, Canada at a York University safety forum, a Toronto Police constable said, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” In response, the first SlutWalk was born in Toronto “to spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.”
SlutWalk organizers decided there needed to be one in Philadelphia when Broad Street Review editor Dan Rottenberg made some controversial statements regarding sexual assault saying, “Earth to liberated women: When you display legs, thighs or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign that you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign that you want to get laid.” The Philadelphia SlutWalk takes place this Saturday, beginning at 11:00AM at Kahn Park on 11th and Pine Streets.
The goal? SlutWalk’s website says:
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. 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.