Q: What is SlutWalk South Florida?
A: SlutWalk South Florida is a peaceful rally and movement to condemn a victim blaming culture, to empower victims and survivors of sexual violence, and to promote the involvement of the community to keep its members safe and bring an end to sexual violence. We encourage businesses, institutions, government entities, and individuals to join with us and let their voices be heard against rape culture, victim blaming, and slut shaming. We stand united to champion the inviolability of each person’s right to be safe. We seek to create a future that protects every victim of sexual violence and to eliminate a society and criminal justice system that examines victims, not sexual attackers.
Q: When and where is SlutWalk South Florida taking place?
We are hopeful to have three simultaneous walks, one in each of the southern counties (Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach), in Early 2012. Tentatively they will take place in the beginning of February. However, we are still in the early planning phase of organizing these walks, and dates and places are subject to change. Once everything is firmly set, we will make announcements on our Blog, our Facebook, and our Twitter.
Q: Where did the name SlutWalk originate?
A: SlutWalk is an international movement that began in reaction to a remark by a Toronto law officer who said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. It has now evolved into a community of activists standing together to speak out against sexual violence. To read more about the original SlutWalk, visit www.slutwalktoronto.com.
Q: Why use the word “slut”?
A: The use of the word “slut” in the name of our walks is intentional. It is not a celebration of “slut”, nor is it there for shock value. Historically, the term “slut” has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated. By using the word “slut” in the name of our walks, we directly challenge the use of shame as a weapon and “sluttiness” as a justification for victimization. We are here to publicly reject the victim-blaming mentality in the media and in popular culture and demand change.
Q: What is “rape culture”?
A: The term “rape culture” was developed in the seventies and it has since become a popular part of feminist academic study. It is defined as “a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm. In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable as death or taxes” (Transforming a Rape Culture).
Rape culture is teaching women how to not get raped, rather than teaching not to rape. Rape culture is a justice system that further victimizes survivors of sexual violence by putting them on trial, rather than their attackers. It consists of ideals that punish and shame sexual agency (or even the perception of sexual agency) and feed into a mentality that victims of sexual violence “had it coming.” Rape culture is seen in slut-shaming, victim-blaming and the fear of non-hetero sexuality.
Q: What do you mean by “victim blaming”?
A: The verbal, behavioral, and legislative decisions that place guilt, blame, or responsibility on the person that has been the target of sexual violence, rather than placing responsibility on perpetrators and seeking appropriate legal action.
Q: What is “slut shaming”?
A: Feministing 101 (http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/what-is-slut-shaming/) defines slut shaming as the act of shaming a person for being sexual, having one or more sexual partner, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings. It should be noted that slut-shaming can occur even if the term “slut” itself is not used.
Q: Why focus on these topics, rather than specific policy issues?
A: We believe it is vitally important to address the need for policy change, but this particular event’s mission is to challenge the attitudes and myths that perpetuate ideologies that result in failing policy and the further victimization of victims.
Q: Who experiences sexual violence?
A: Sexual violence effects every member of our community. For facts and figures, please visit our Statistics page.
Q: Does SlutWalk South Florida provide services for victims or survivors?
A: SlutWalk South Florida does not directly provide services outside of organizing and advocating for an appropriate response to sexual violence. Please visit our Resources page for community support and services.
If you have any further questions, we welcome you to contact us via email at SlutWalkSFL@gmail.com.