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Update: Tomorrow 12 noon- SlutWalk NYC March & Rally- Fight Against Rape Culture

From: Paradigm S.
Sent on: Friday, September 30, 2011 7:17 PM

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, October 1,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Union Square
Union Square
NY, NY 10010


October 1st, Saturday – Noon – Union Square

Join SlutWalk NYC on Facebook event page and community page


SlutWalk is part of a world-wide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, rampant sexual violence, victim-blaming and slut-shaming in our culture. SlutWalk has served as a tool for global feminist community building, an area of phenomenal progress in recent years. 

Unfortunately, the controversies surrounding the term “slut” are distracting from the point of working together to fight sexual violence, which is a shame and also indicative of the complexities, nuances, and challenges involved in inclusive feminist organizing as a whole. Attempting to reclaim the word “slut” as an empowering term and even a personal choice, is not translating into an inclusive feminist message with respect to race and class. This is further articulated in the open letter from the leadership of Black Women's Blueprint.

Paradigm Shift NYC has decided to stand in solidarity with Black Women's Blueprint and all endorsing organizations by not having a banner presence at SlutWalk.  That being said, we want to emphasize our support in the dismantling of rape culture by empowering all feminists to organize effectively within the movement.   

Paradigm Shift supports the participation of all communities to create a safe space for all during SlutWalk. Our collective power lies in our willingness and ability to send an inclusive message with respect to race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, sexuality, age and beyond.   Take it upon yourself to use SlutWalk to express what empowers you - with or without claiming "slut".  It's inspiring an explosion of dialog and action with regard to sexual violence, self expression, power, privilege, sexuality, gender, race, class, and more.  

Slut Walk NYC press release:

The NYC demonstration promises to be one of the largest in the world — with over 5,000 people expected to attend. 

The SlutWalk movement is an exciting new strategy in the fight against rape culture. It began March 2011 in Toronto, when a police officer told a group of women that the best way to protect themselves against assault would be to “stop dressing like sluts.” Since the original walk in Toronto, marches have been held all over the world, including Delhi, Los Angeles, London, Cape Town, Mexico City, Vancouver, Nashville, and more. People of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations are joining SlutWalk’s fight against the rampant sexual violence, victim-blaming and slut-shaming in our culture. Rape culture is often exacerbated by the media, law enforcement, and the courts — leading to further marginalization of victims and survivors of rape, assault and harassment. Meanwhile, 15 out of 16 rapists do not spend a day in jail.

SlutWalk NYC is occurring at a time of particular importance– the rate of sexual assaults in the city have grown 24% since last year, according to the NYPD. Recently New York has also witnessed the character assassination of Nafissatou Diallo, the accuser in the DSK case; the defamation of the accuser in the case against Officers Mata and Moreno of the 9th Precinct; and the recent Safe Slope rally in response to the rise of assaults and attempted assaults in the Park Slope area.

SlutWalk NYC supports the rights of participants to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable.

No matter who you are
No matter where you work
No matter how you identify
No matter how you flirt
No matter what you wear
No matter whom you choose to love
No matter what you said before:
NO ONE has the right to touch you without your consent.

Slutwalk NYC is part of a world-wide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and working to end sexual and domestic violence.

Promotional Video: We Are SlutWalk NYC # # #
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