Women (and a few dudes) for solidarity gathered in the Commons on Tuesday for an open meeting to propose a revamping of SlutWalk.
While last year’s SlutWalk had a large turnout, some folks deem the word slut-empowering while others can’t get past the pain it causes. The group identified a need for a new name, and a mission statement.
They were organized and democratic in their dealings; each person had worksheet with talking points. The large group split up into smaller groups to have more intimate conversations about the strengths and weaknesses of the movement, and ways to move forward. When the groups came together, it was clear that most think the word “slut” is relative, varying in meaning and effect depending on the individual.
Although the name “SlutWalk” has definite shock-value (especially with February’s Limbaugh/Fluke fiasco), and some said it starts meaningful dialogue, the group recognized that not everybody who wants a safer world for women wants to be called a “slut.” The clear next step is to brainstorm to find a name that oppresses no one and connects everyone.