Deborah has an article in the DomPost about SlutWalk.
But what is wrong with enjoying sex, and sexuality, and with seeking out opportunities to have sex? A man who enjoys sex and signals his interest in having sex is called a stud. He’s a player, but she’s a tramp. He’s a Don Juan, but she’s a loose woman. It’s an old double standard, and it’s time we got rid of it. Women shouldn’t be shamed for enjoying sex and sexuality. Like “stud”, the word “slut” should be said with pride.
As Julie commented at The Hand Mirror,
DON’T READ THE COMMENTS
Which are words well deserving of their capitals. But if you want the edited highlights, I have invoked the protection of a few beers and thus present the following Wisdom from Stuff Commenters, or, How I Learnt to Stop Worrying And Love Reactionary Douchebaggery Which Makes No Sense.
[trigger warnings in place for rape apologism and mansplaining]
- women are billboards, and “if you put a billboard up you expect folk to look at it” (and we all know men are genetically hardwired to rape billboards)
- it’s not going to achieve anything and you should do real work against rape, you know, not something so meaningless as loudly and publicly declaring en masse that victim blaming is wrong
- women encourage rape by posting sexy pictures on their Facebook and friending their cousins
- by writing about SlutWalk and her own relationship, Deborah is actually just saying “haha, sucks to be you, rape victims” [no, seriously, that's their argument]
- awesome new euphemism for sex work: “the unwanted profession”
- if we end rape then no man will find us attractive again because we’re trying to stop them “reacting” to us
- inevitable car theft metaphor
- inevitable “vagina is like waving around a wallet full of cash” metaphor
- blaming the victim is wrong but sometimes it’s their fault
Dear readers, truly I have learnt a valuable lesson this day. Unfortunately I just can’t let my bitchingly awesome signs go to waste so see y’all at SlutWalk Wellington!