- Oh god they're ruining it for all of us. (Photo: Associated Press)
SLUTWALKS! After a Toronto police officer commented that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised," women around the world were moved to parade in public in various states of sluttiness. But could fighting ignorant and misogynist official comments through creative consciousness-raising be BAD FOR FEMINISM? "The organisers claim that celebrating the word 'slut,' and promoting sluttishness in general, will help women achieve full autonomy over their sexuality. But the focus on 'reclaiming' the word slut fails to address the real issue. The term slut is so deeply rooted in the patriarchal 'madonna/whore' view of women's sexuality that it is beyond redemption. The word is so saturated with the ideology that female sexual energy deserves punishment that trying to change its meaning is a waste of precious feminist resources," Gail Dines and Wendy Murphy write in the Guardian. Hey! Who are you calling a slut?
AFTER THE JUMP: Sluts speak; bisexual men exist; John DeVore has a penis:
JACLYN FRIEDMAN explains this dangerous movement at the Boston Slut Walk: "It ends today. It ends because there is truly nothing, nothing, that you can do that makes someone raping you your fault. It ends because calling other people sluts may make you feel safer but it doesn’t actually keep you safer. And it ends because all of this slut-shaming does more to us than the violence of rape, as if that weren’t enough. The violent threat of slut shaming also keeps us afraid of our bodies and our desires." HORRIFYING.
SERIOUSLY, THOUGH: I'm still undecided on the contributions of the men wearing the "I LOVE SLUTS" T-shirts.
JOHN DEVORE discusses his penis at length: "I don’t think I have a small penis. I mean, I’ve stared at it all of my life. I can wrap my fingers around it, so I know it’s not of Sasquatch proportions. There are inches there, multiple inches, of love. I’d say it would make a nice cigar. I have been given the standard statement I think most women tell men who are small to average size, that I’m “just right.” Like the bowl of porridge Goldilocks most preferred. I imagine men who are prodigiously gifted are told the same thing, just to keep their ego in check. Maybe during sex, these women also say 'Slower! Stop stabbing me in the guts!' I wouldn’t know. I just know that once upon a time, for a hot minute, I thought I had a huge dong."
BISEXUAL DUDES, the unicorn of the sexual spectrum: “'You’re either gay, straight, or lying.' I first heard that oft-repeated phrase when I was an 18-year-old freshman at UC Berkeley," Hugo Schwyzer writes. "I was at my first meeting of the GLBA (Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Alliance). I’d recently broken up with a girlfriend, and had been dating (and sleeping with) both men and women; I was ready to 'come out' as bi and to get involved in campus activism. But as I quickly found out, though there were equal numbers of gay men and lesbians in the group, the only bisexuals were women. And while many of those women faced a certain amount of 'bi-phobia,' at least the GLBA acknowledged their existence. Bisexual men, I was told, didn’t exist: we were either cowards or liars, too scared or too dishonest to admit we were really gay."
THE VILLAGE VOICE discovers guys who are attracted to fat women. The anthropological approach redeems itself with this quote: "So many girls end up entering the community just because of one guy,” one guy tells the Voice. “Just discovering ‘Wow, I can be attractive!’ And that changes your life. It just never occurred to you before, which is so weird. . . . That’s why I’m willing to put my life—if you want to call it that—on the line for this.”