Slutwalk started in Toronto after a police officer was quoted during a speech on crime prevention at York University: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”  Though the name may be a bit misleading, and has been the subject of debate between organizers, the media and feminist groups, the underlying idea behind the gatherings, as I perceived it, are to take the blame away from victims of rape and other sexual crimes and put it, rightly so, on the perpetrators of these crimes.  As one sign during the San Francisco Slutwalk march summed it up: “What Causes Rape? Mini Skirts? Flirting? or Rapist?”

Co-founders Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis write: “Women are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result.”  “Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work.”

San Francisco Slutwalk happened Saturday August 6th and marched from Dolores Park to Harvey Milk Plaza .  Shot for the SF Weekly.

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