Slutwalk Toronto April 3, 2011

Posted by Dorothy Lander

The Toronto Slutwalk is sponsored by the Motherhood Initative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI). See press release below.  I have a hunch that we will witness the “strategies of subversive repetition” that identity theorist Judith Butler (1990) assigns as a way to resist subjugated gender identities.  I invite any slutwalkers to post pics to this blog if they see themselves putting theory into practice.  Here is a bit of the theory:

The task of subversive repetition is “not whether to repeat, but how to repeat or, indeed, to repeat and through a radical proliferation of gender, to displace the very gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexuality, age and ability norms that enable repetition itself” (p. 148). French philosopher Michel de Certeau’s (1984) distinction between strategies and tactics aligns with Canadian philosopher Lorraine Code’s (1991) distinction between knowers and actors. The “space of the tactic is the space of the other. … It operates in isolated actions, blow by blow. … It must vigilantly make use of the cracks that particular conjunctions open in the surveillance of the proprietary powers. It poaches in them. … A tactic is an art of the weak” (p. 37). For Toronto popular educator dian marino (1997), operating in the “cracks in consent … [ helps people] organize their rebellions” (p. 130).

ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd – MIRCI’s FEMINIST MOTHERS ACTIVIST GROUP WILL BE ATTENDING/MARCHING IN THE TORONTO SLUTWALK.

 

On January 24, 2011, during an on-campus safety forum held at Osgoode Hall Law School  to discuss recent attacks on women at York University, Toronto Police Const. Michael Sanguinetti explained that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

 He later apologized, saying he was “embarrassed” by his remarks

but it is too late – WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

 

“When we first heard about the Toronto Police officer labeling women and people most at risk of sexual assault as “sluts”, we thought about making noise and demanding for more than an apology. We have a constitutional right to a freedom of expression and a freedom of assembly so we’re using it. Putting that into action, we wanted to go right to Toronto Police Service’s front door at 40 College St. with impassioned numbers uniting against these damaging stereotypes. Thus SlutWalk Toronto was born. We are taking our frustration to the streets – literally.”

Join us for our walk. (taken from the official Slutwalk site):

 http://www.slutwalktoronto.com 

 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING MIRCI/MARCHING WITH US – PLEASE CONTACT  

ANDREA O’REILLY FOR FULL DETAILS: aoreilly@yorku.ca

 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

MEDIA ABOUT THE EVENT:

 http://www.excal.on.ca/news/cop%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98slut%E2%80%99-comment-draws-backlash-from-guerilla-activists/

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/955682 

 http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/swto-in-the-press

 

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~ by artpoped on March 29, 2011.

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