SlutWalk in Miami: FIU Students March to Reclaim the Term "Slut"

Members of Florida International University's National Organization of Women (NOW) are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take it anymore. The group, along with other student organizations, has organized Miami's first SlutWalk, taking place tomorrow, April 3.

As children, we might have been taught that words can never hurt us, but we all know that isn't exactly true. Starting with the black community reappropriating the racially charged N-word, groups facing discrimination have taken the words that others use against them and stripped them of their power by using them in a positive manner.

Some members of the LGBT community have done it, taking back words like "faggot" and "dyke" and using them in a sociable way toward other members of their community. Now, Miami "sluts" are doing the same.

SlutWalk in Miami: FIU Students March to Reclaim the Term "Slut"
Courtesy SlutWalk Miami Facebook Page

The original SlutWalk began in Toronto as a response to a comment made by a representative of the Toronto Police. His ignorant attitude, one shared by many and perpetrated by social attitudes, was demonstrated in his statement that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to avoid being victimized."

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In reaction to this statement, five Canadian residents organized the first SlutWalk in a matter of six weeks, intending to demonstrate that women in charge of their sexuality do not deserve to be sexually assaulted.

Vice president of FIU's NOW chapter and SlutWalk co-organizer Odette Morono Ponce says, "This is an event to promote the end of a rape culture and ensure that victims are no longer blamed and shamed for being victims."

 

SlutWalk in Miami: FIU Students March to Reclaim the Term "Slut"
Courtesy Slutwalk Miami Facebook Page

SlutWalk protesters will walk the perimeter of the FIU campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The SlutWalk website notes the event's dress code: "Must cover privates!" Otherwise, "you may attend in a bathing suit or you may attend fully clothed."

SlutWalkers hope to change social attitudes about women who engage in sexual activity, whether for pleasure or work, and open the minds of people who believe that women enjoying sexual activity amounts to attracting sexual assault.

Former University of Miami student Gary Gromet posted on the SlutWalk Miami Facebook event page: "I see the event as a way to educate that the American rape culture of the 19th and 20th Century is no longer acceptable to any women, nor to males that join the walk. Henceforth, sexual activities are to be agreed upon conduct for procreation and/or recreation, not domination or humiliation."

Now there are sibling SlutWalks all over the world trying to change people's attitudes toward sexual assault and women's sexuality.

Strut for equality from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at FIU's South Campus (11200 SW Eighth St., Miami). Email nowatfiu@gmail.com.

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