Slutwalk Seattle (Part 1)
“You can’t miss the crowd, it’s MASSIVE!”
I overheard this man giving driving directions while marching in today’s Slutwalk Seattle. To get a sense of the crowd, take a look at this YouTube video (from SeattleRex):
If this doesn’t display correctly, you can watch on YouTube at http://youtu.be/u5_psd0YZHc.
TV news reports the past couple of days had been mentioning the upcoming Slutwalk, describing it as women protesting against rape by dressing provocatively. While I’m glad this rally was publicized, I have to scold the media for their description. Yes it’s a protest against rape, and a protest to end victim-blaming and slut-shaming. Participants were welcome to dress as they pleased. You can see from this video that some (women and men) wore their fishnet stockings and pasties, most wore the usual PNW attire, like jeans and North Face jackets.
I’ll post more later, but one final note for now. The rally was held at Westlake Center. Towards the end of the rally, some participants who had entered the shopping mall were asked to leave because of “indecent exposure.” The Center received a loud mass “f*** you!” from the crowd.