Atlanta fashionistas, some very smart person who wrote about the “SlutWalks” in South Africa called it a “whore walk” which indicates the misunderstanding that men have about what the “SlutWalks” are meant to represent.
However, the women of Cape Town, South Africa reportedly did drape themselves in sexy lingerie over their street clothes as they marched through Cape Town on Saturday, showing their support for the international campaign against the notion that a woman’s appearance can be an excuse for sexual attacks, especially in a country where rape is seen as a national crisis.
Around 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Cape Town, walking the route where fans had celebrated during last year’s football World Cup. Men also joined in, some of them wearing miniskirts to show their support.
Some protesters even pushed their children in strollers as they carried their signs making statements such as rapists rape people, not outfits,” and “weak men rape.”
“SlutWalks” originated in Toronto, Canada, where they were sparked by a police officer’s callous remark during a self-defense class that women could avoid being raped if only they did not dress like “sluts.” The result has been cities across the globe holding the “SlutWalks” event including Melbourne, London, Glasgow andDelhi.
A Cape Town walker said that it was very important that women should understand that their dignity should not be taken away from them based on what they choose to wear!
According to the most recent police statistics for South Africa, more than 55,000 cases of rape and indecent assault were reported in South Africa from 2009 to 2010. The number of sexual offenses against women climbed nearly 20 percent from the previous year, according to South African police.
These women are carrying placards with slogans such as “rapists don’t care about clothing” and the women who are demonstrating are being called “whores” by those reporting who have clearly missed the point! What else are they not getting? But the SlutWalks slogans say it all about the misinterpretation of fashion!