How Does a Slut Dress?
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How Does a Slut Dress?

New York City : NY : USA | May 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM PDT
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A police officer speaking at York University (Toronto) on January 24, 2011, said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” He was addressing a group of students on community safety following a number of campus assaults. Woman all over the world reacted (and, daresay, a few men). Apparently, they know that people of every gender, sexual orientation, age from birth through advanced old age, and style of dress are raped.

On April 3, 2011, nearly 2,000 woman—many dressed in a way that this particular officer would probably find suggestive—were joined by men who support their cause and took to the streets of Toronto in a SlutWalk. It seems the officer’s comment ignited a powder keg that exploded into a movement, and similar walks are planned (or have already taken place) to protest this blaming-the-victim mentality. The beleaguered officer issued an apology, but his comments inspired a manifesto.

What is a slut? How do sluts dress? If slutty attire is clothing that people (not just men) find arousing, women shouldn’t dress at all. The shocking truth is that no matter how a woman dresses, there’s some loony who will find it alluring. Maybe women should walk around naked. I’d like to think that the sight of my generation’s baby boomer bods, saggy breasts and all, would ground the most ardent erection. I’d be wrong, though, because there are guys out there who rape women who could be the baby boomers’ mothers.

On the other hand, maybe everybody should walk around naked. The sight of all that junk attached to the imperfect bodies of human beings, as opposed to air-brushed models, might be enough to reverse the population explosion. All that hair in unattractive places, our scars, our cellulite, our bony knees and fat ankles—sure some would find them a real turn-on, but maybe not so much when there’s no getting away from it.

We do not advocate public nudity en masse, but if the clothing a woman wears—from lingerie to maternity dresses to nuns’ habits and burqas to bikinis—is an invitation to rape, then why should they wear any?

As London gays have reclaimed the word “queer,” women now reclaim the word “slut,” reinventing it to mean a woman in charge of her own destiny. Perhaps “However we dress, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no,” does not yet have the cachet of “We’re queer and we’re here,” but just wait.

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