PHOTOS: How did Boston’s ‘Slutwalk’ go?

Participants at Boston's Slutwalk take back the word "slut."

As you may recall reading in last month’s Metro, Boston this weekend held its very own "Slutwalk." Chanting "However we dress, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no," nearly 2,000 people marched around the Boston Common on Saturday to protest against blaming victims for sexual assaults.

The march was inspired by a similar event in Toronto, which itself was sparked by a police officer in that city’s remark that women who don’t want to be raped should avoid "dressing like sluts." The events seek to combat the what the organizers say is a "rape culture" in which women are blamed for being raped, because of what they wear or where they are.

Organizers and participants also aimed to take back the word "slut" from those who would denigrate women’s sexuality. As co-organizer Katt Schott-Mancini told Metro last month, “It’s like ‘queer’ in the ‘80s. That was a derogatory term and it’s almost been reclaimed. In a sense we’re trying to do that with ‘slut.’”

Similar "Slut Walks" have been planned in London. 


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