Tag Archives: SlutWalk

A Critical Analysis of the Toronto SlutWalk

The Toronto SlutWalk is a powerful form of resistance against gendered oppression. It is important to consider the truths it reveals about hierarchies of power, patriarchal relations and the political context of neoliberalism within which the situation has unraveled. In this section, I will use a Foucauldian framework to demonstrate how the politics and policies […]

“If you don’t want to get shot, don’t dress like a deer” – A Media Analysis of the SlutWalk

The media’s power in perpetuating certain discourses must not be disregarded when analyzing media representations of dissent. Using framing techniques, journalists and reporters focus on particular aspects of an event in order to endorse an interpretation or moral evaluation of it (Boykoff, 2007, p. 217). In this way, the media sets boundaries for acceptable public […]

SlutWalk Toronto: Resisting Sexual Violence & Slut Shaming

Slut. Whore. Skank. Tramp. These words are used on an every day basis to characterize women who do not abide by the gender norms thrust upon them by society. These words are weighed down by stereotypical understandings of femininity: a woman who is passive, virtuous and chaste. Through this lens, the issue of sexual violence […]

Slutwalk: Moving Against Intolerance and Toward Education

The ‘SlutWalk’ movement began in 2011 after Toronto policeman caused an outcry by telling a group of York  University students that women should ‘avoid dressing like sluts’ in order to avoid being sexually assaulted. It prompted protest marches by women wearing very little and holding signs such as “No means No”. His words had sparked […]

“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 […]