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London Slut Walk sees women dressed only in their underwear take to city's streets

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slutwalk-balloonsHUNDREDS of self-proclaimed 'sluts', many dressed only in their underwear, took to the streets of London for the city's first ever SlutWalk.

 

 

The women, and many men, carried banners proclaiming slogans of female empowerment mirroring similar events in Canada and the USA.

 

And many used the bare flesh on show to daub slogans such as 'It's a dress not a yes' and 'Love Men – Hate Misoginy' as they walked from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.

 

Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, one of the event's organisers, said: “We are using the word slut because that is the word the officer used and by using it so often we feel we have taken some of the power out of it so it can't hurt us anymore.”

 

And SlutWalker Zoe Margolis, author of the sex blog-turned-book Girl with a One-Track Mind, added: “There's a real sexist double standard about how men and women are viewed based on their appearance. We really need to take the focus off what a woman is wearing and what she looks like.”

 

The first ever SlutWalk was a response to Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti telling students at Osgoode Hall Law School during a campus safety talk “...women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised.”

 

Since then the concept has spread with women and men in cities across the world marching to denounce the idea that how they dress makes them responsible for sexual harassment.

 

But the SlutWalk seems to have as many detractors as supporters.

 

Patrick Hayes, journalist and commentator with online magazine Spiked, said: “I think what we are seeing here is a widespread demonisation of men. The idea that what you wear doesn't provoke judgement is just ridiculous.”


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