Seeds: It’s obvious that for thousands of years in many cultures women have been oppressed. In the early 1900s, there was the “first wave of feminism” wherein women fought and won the right to vote. Later, in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a second wave of feminist activism wherein women were able to access to things such as birth control more easily and started working more. Furthermore, many rape laws were established and revised in the 1980s. Many believe that the anti-rape movement that started in this era is a part of this second wave of feminism that still continues today.
Core: Sexual assault continues to be an issue for women, especially on college campuses. After two women at a Canadian college were furious after they were told in a discussion on campus safety that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Thus began the Slut Walk, a protest walk against victim-blaming, the idea that women are at fault for being raped because of their attire. The Slut Walk features thousands of women dressed in “provocative” attire, marching with signs and statements written on their bodies protesting rape culture in Toronto.
Skin: Rape culture was once again brought into question in the United States because of the infamous Stanford Rape case that angered many over the perpetuated stereotype that victims are somehow at fault when they are raped.
Leaves: Since the first walk in 2011 the movement has spread to the United States and all around the world. Celebrity Amber Rose has popularized the events since then, famously leading a walk in L.A. There are SlutWalk events in many major cities in the U.S including New York City and Washington D.C.
Food For Thought: How do you think we should address rape culture in America? How do you feel about feminism?