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An Open Letter on Why the UNM Women’s Resource Center is Participating in the SLUTWalk

9 Apr

An Open Letter on Why the UNM Women’s Resource Center is Participating in the SLUTWalk

Another one (primarily) for the UNM/Albuquerque folks, in case you missed it last week:

It’s been a few years since the first student asked us to hold a “SLUTWalk”; our immediate answer was “No”. For many reasons that have been discussed across blogs, articles, and in feminist circles, we decided at that time not to participate. Every semester since then, we’ve been asked by students to hold the event and each time we said “No”.

Then during the last election cycle, it seemed that every time we turned around, women were being called “sluts” on the national stage: for wanting birth control, for wanting safe and legal abortions, in addition to being blamed for violence committed against us. It was at that point that we started to talk/think about a way of participating that would bring awareness of the criticisms, but also be productive in raising awareness of how “slut” has become an even more broadly used weapon to silence progress through women’s participation, publicly or privately, in any effort to advance women’s status in our society. It is from this backdrop that we make the following statement about our participation. . .

Click through above for the rest.

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