This past weekend saw South Africa’s first Slutwalk take place in Cape Town. At first I was a touch skeptical of the initiative, as I am of the value of any protest march, but as I arrived at the meeting point I realised that the issue at the heart of this walk was something that all of us could relate to.
With people saying things like
“she probably deserved it, looking at the way she dresses” it is really sad to think that some people still believe that the clothes that women wear have any relation to them being raped, when the truth of the matter is that rapists are the cause of rape. Slutwalk was born after a Toronto Police official that was dealing with a rape case ignorantly said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”– a really backwards train of thought if there ever was one. Women in the city rallied together and adopted the “slutwalk” name for their protest march as a way of removing the power behind the word “slut”. If you’re keen to learn a little bit more about the initiative and the stories of the women behind it you can check out the official website over HERE.
Last Saturday 20th August saw guys and girls who wished to protest what has become a major problem in South Africa (with our very own president, accused of rape) meet up at the Prestwich Memorial at the corner of Buitengracht and Somerset Rd in Cape Town’s CBD. Everyone dressed up in attire that would typically be considered by people to be “slutty” and proceeded to march down to Cape Town Stadium and back again.
Around 2000 people showed up for the Cape Town edition and I sincerely hope that come 24th September, Jozi surpasses this figure- helping raise people’s awareness and change their perceptions around rape, considering that according to the most recent police statistics, more than 55,000 cases of rape and indecent assault were reported in South Africa from 2009 to 2010, with the amount of sexual offenses against women climbing nearly 20 percent from the previous year. Guys that rape women really, really, really sicken me and it angers me beyond belief that all of our #mooiness are at risk of being raped because they’ve decided to wear a skirt.
Then in typical (for our current government) ignorant fashion Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba got a bit of a shitstorm going with some unbelievable comments about the slutwalk… Editor of News24 Jannie Momberg was nice enough to put together a Storify feed, that showed how the Minister put his foot in it. I hope you’re going to go to Slutwalk in Jozi to make that apology a little bit more heartfelt. Sies. Check it over HERE:
Here are some pictures from the day that I took for all of you who missed it…