SlutWalk Hong Kong:
What does “slut” mean anyway? Anybody who steps out of the rules of patriarchy is called “slut”.
Like many other walks, this walk will bring together not only feminists, but also progressive people from a variety of backgrounds, in order to protest victim blaming in general. This walk is not only for survivors of sexual assault or only for women who have been called “sluts” but also for anyone who is sick of victim blaming and wants to help make this world a more egalitarian place.
Why do labels such as (but not limited to) the undocumented migrant, the poor hotel maid, the single mom struggling to survive, the party girl, the LGBT community member, the prostitute and the slut disqualify some from being considered victims of sexual assault and other crimes? Each and every one of these labels needs to be challeneged! These stereotypes cause many victims all over the world to blame themselves and/or not report the crimes against them. Even when these crimes are reported, authorities may register the victims to be at fault. Is it fair that perpetrators can walk around in broad daylight while victims feel they need to hide in the corner and live with their pain alone… or even sit in jail? NO!
“Changing language is part of the process of changing the world” (Freire).
The Background (via SlutWalk Toronto)
“SlutWalk began in Toronto in February of 2011. It began because a few people had had ENOUGH of victim-blaming, of slut-shaming and sexual profiling. We had enough of being angry, wanting better education, awareness and treatment and not seeing more about it. …Now, months later Satellite SlutWalks are happening across many different communities, different cities, different countries and with different people.” These SlutWalks are founded by people in their own cities who feel the need to publicly challenge sexual violence.
“SlutWalk is about expressing our unity, fighting to shed the stereotypes and myths of sexual assault and supporting a better understanding of why sexual violence happens, supporting victims and survivors, and putting the blame where it belongs: on those who perpetrate it.”