“Jesus Loves Sluts”: So Says the Slut Walk

Are you familiar with the Slut Walk that happened in Toronto recently? If you are, this site has some of their favorite signs from the walk. If you are not familiar with the Slut Walk, it’s a protest against a comment that the Toronto police said regarding sexual assault. The police said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victims.” As an advocate at a rape crisis center, a feminist, and a health educator, this comment was incredibly insulting to me. I regularly hear the myth that if a woman is sexually assaulted it has something to do with what she is wearing (which already assumes that only women are sexually assaulted and also that wearing something else could have prevented this act of violence).

Despite this rude comment by some uneducated police officers (I am not trying to disrespect all police officers – I’ve worked with both great officers and ones that have made similar comments), I love how many people came out for the Slut Walk. I think these signs were great, and I enjoyed reading them. It reminded me of a friend who has “I’m a slut, not a whore” as her signature in her email (for the record, I see nothing wrong with considering oneself a slut or prostitution). I’ve been bothered by the double standard that exists between men and women, and the idea that having sex with “a lot” (I never know what the “right” number is) of people automatically makes one a slut or that a certain shirt can make one a slut.

Image from AcidCow.com

If you get a chance and want to look, take a peek at the pictures from the Slut Walk. I giggled at the amount of dogs that were wearing signage to say that they were sluts, as well as the men who also participated in the protest.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.