Tag Archives: patriarchy

Slutwalk: Moving Against Intolerance and Toward Education

Slutwalk, the movement that decided to make the world aware that women are not supposed to be judged by their dressing style and victims of sexual assault should not be blamed for their attacks. The police officer who sparked the movement has said in front of York university students that if women want to avoid […]

Women’s Suffrage: The Difference between Prosecution and Persecution

Women suffragette’s organized themselves and protested against inequality and their lack of rights for a span of decades between the late 19th century and early 20th century.  During this time in Canada, patriarchy was deeply embedded in the social, economic and political fabric of the nation and many women were ready for a change.  The […]

“Because We’ve Had Enough”: Critical Analysis of SlutWalk Toronto

The SlutWalk Toronto movement is a  form of resistance against sexual inequality and sexual violence. For nearly two years, SlutWalk Toronto has effectively challenged the slut-shaming and victim-blaming mentality that pervades the Toronto Police Service. The offensive statement delivered by Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti at Osgoode Hall Law School in January 2011, revealed much more […]

Occupy Toronto: How Media Viewed the Movement

The “occupy Toronto” movement gained rapid momentum with the publicity it received from all avenues of media: print, television, radio, and more recently, social networking sites. Each avenue reported the event from a different perspective. Almost all newspapers analyzed were very critical of the agenda and overall message of the movement, while some newspapers were […]

“Now That I have seen the Pictures, I can see that this was Just a Downtown Freak Show”: Media Coverage of SlutWalk Toronto

SlutWalk Toronto is a powerful movement that challenges the dominant discourse of victim-blaming and slut-shaming in sexual violence. Whether it is the movement’s audacious title, or the sting of Constable Sanguinetti’s statement, this annual protest has been at the centre of much media attention since its inception in February 2011. The empowering attitude that this […]

“However we dress, wherever we go, YES means YES and NO means NO”: An Overview of SlutWalk Toronto

“You know, I think we’re beating around the bush here. I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this, however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” (Police Constable Michael Saguinetti 2011). At a safety forum on York University’s campus in January 2011, the offensive comment made by Police Constable […]