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High heels and short skirts wanted for the Slutwalk

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 10, 2013

  • A S***walk campaigner in Bristol

  • A S***walk in London

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Women are being encouraged to don their high heels and short skirts in a walkabout protest against violent attacks.

The 'S lutwalk' will take place in Gloucester on Valentine's Day – this Thursday.

The group will leave at 7.30pm from the Water Poet pub in Eastgate Street.

They will finish the march through town at gay bar The Westgate, in Westgate Street, at around 8pm.

Councillor Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood) has organised the event.

She said: "High heels, short skirts, converse or jeans – come as you feel.

"Women, men, straight, gay, trans, bi – we are who we are and violence is not what we expect in return.

"We want to send out a clear message to people about this."

S lutwalks have been incredibly popular worldwide after they were started in Canada in 2011.

They protest against people excusing rape because of women's attire.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  February 12 2013, 12:57PM

    Written by eyeopener - Should women be less free than men? If so, to extend an analogy used by one about his insurance company, should the police charge all those who live in luxurious homes filled with expensive possessions with anti-social behaviour because they are increasing the chances they may be burgled and expend valuable police time? I thought not! My resposne The bigger the house, the more you pay on your insurance, the more the valuables are worth, the more you pay on your insurance. The more your house is worth, the more you pay in council tax so yes, you pay a bigger contribution to the police in your council tax and chances are those who do live in big houses and have expensive valuables and value them, pay more in advanced security systems. If they leave their window open despite all of this and they get broken into, then they are considered to be at fault for being negligent and leaving their window open, when they should have not only shut their windows but also locked them, and put the alarm on! We all have a duty to take care of what is ours if we value it. It is a wonderful world, but there are some not so wonderful people living in it - inclusive of ****s.

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  • eyeopener  |  February 11 2013, 11:37PM

    I live in an area with a high concentration of students, and yes some do go out in what may be described as scanty clothing but that is for a nights fun, drinking and clubbing. Those in extremely suggestive attire are normally on their way to fancy dress, with a theme such as 'vicars and tarts'. To read the contributions of some you might think that they were born geriatric, and were never young. One spoke of "high heels, leggings, jeggings, and cleavage enhancing tops," as if they were describing something new. Did they never see Olivia Newton John in "Grease?" The kindest observation is that age tends to make one view the past through rose tinted spectacles. One poster spoke of "the woman with her skirt so short you can see her knickers." Does he walk the streets on his hands and knees? I live in a student area and you don't see knickers even amongst those in fairly scanty clothing. Some of the rants seem to say more about the writers own mentality. Examples are: "It is a sickening disgrace, it is women like this that have done so much damage." "If one was to wave a piece of juicy steak in the face of hungry Rottweiler." "If you look like you have no self respect you will get treated with none. "if you are alone walking home from a night out wearing sod all (like most girls round here seem to), it's asking for trouble." All these comments are to justify the "she was asking for it" litany and what really grates is their assumption that most men think as they do. I'm sorry but most men are in fact better than this. Should women be less free than men? If so, to extend an analogy used by one about his insurance company, should the police charge all those who live in luxurious homes filled with expensive possessions with anti-social behaviour because they are increasing the chances they may be burgled and expend valuable police time? I thought not! Sometimes you have to exagerate to make a point and that is why there is a s lut walk. The women participating are not seeking to dress as s luts but rather to emphasise that they have as much right to dress as they choose as home owners do to fill their homes with expensive goods. If home owners should not be limited by a few criminals, should women lose their freedom because there a few sick people about? Just as with anhanced car security criminals are breaking into homes to steal car keys, perverts would only break into homes to satisfy their needs. What next "She was asking for it because she lived in a less safe area? Has the march worked? Well it has certainly attracted publicity and the attention of posters to this article. Perhaps the last word might go to Edward III when he created the order of the garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" meaning "Evil on him who thinks evil" The latin phrase became the motto of the order. It's well worth Gooogling in oit's own right.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  February 11 2013, 5:16PM

    @eyeopener, well said! Yes,we live in a country where violent crime is on the increase,but that should be the issue, not the way people choose to dress. Are we saying that men cannot control themselves as the rules of a civilised society dictate? The point of the walk is to demonstrate that rape and violent assault is equally serious whatever the victim has chosen to wear.

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  • Ysedra  |  February 11 2013, 5:06AM

    This is what I get when I come downstairs to turn the computer off. Turned into an act of political opportunism just as surely as incineration was. Do local Labour actually *want* to lose the next election? Whatever the reality of 'tempting' people to attack women, this particular stunt, lest we forget, was inspired by a very different suggestion which, while not the most stunning of insights, wasn't beyond the pale either. Maybe Kate Haigh would like to organise a Sl*t run, instead? Or a 'bike' race?

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  • honslknjklyt  |  February 10 2013, 11:59PM

    Well said Bratfurd - have a "virtual" cup of tea on me!

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  • Bratfurd  |  February 10 2013, 11:39PM

    This 'debate' is farcical, and any person who feels liberated by wearing the very same clothes that is being propagated by a sexist fashion industry and an immoral pop culture, both who seek to degrade women to nothing more than objects for men's lust and desire, can aptly call themselves sl*ts as any term more superior would be seemingly complimentary. If only these disillusioned people could hear the thoughts of men (I describe the majority of men!) as they walk past in their high heels, leggings, jeggings, and cleavage enhancing tops, then they would realise that the fantasies and thoughts men have are demeaning and corrupt. Men lust women, it is programmed into their being and biology. Women need to dress with some responsibility as the repercussions are affect marriages, families and society. If one was to wave a piece of juicy steak in the face of hungry Rottweiler, and the Rottweiler attacked the person, people would put blame on both parties, the irresponsible for waving the steak, and the Rottweiler for not being able to control its animal desires. Why is it then in story of the woman with her skirt so short you can see her knickers, and the malicious and wicked rapist, that the same people can't treat *both* parties as responsible and accountable is beyond me.

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  • eyeopener  |  February 10 2013, 10:17PM

    Gosh! Having read the comments made so far, the debate should not be about leaving or staying in the EU but about whether we wish to be in the twenty first century or not. What is frightening is the idea that it is all somehow down to how women dress. This is the kind of argument that was trotted out after that appalling rape that was carried out in India; where the victim was so brutally treated that she succombed to her injuries and died in hospital. I also remember living in Bradford at the time the Yorkshire Ripper (a serial killer) was pursuing his murderous campaign. He began with prostitutes and moved on to kill women who were not prostitutes. As his campaign wore on women all over Yorkshire were afraid to venture out at night. Is this the society we crave? At the end of the day appearance is no protection at all, rapists become emboldend once they think they will not get caught. Without naming names, some of the comments posted above could have been scripted by the Taliban. Women have the right to dress as they choose, and go out where they choose. If people are genuine about affording women protection, then advise them to go out with a companion. Anyone male or female can be subject to rape, even some of the writers above. I hope they are never victims, but will they after such an attack be stating "Well I must have asked for it?" The S lutwalk should be supported. Are any of the armchair critics offering alternative support, or this just another opportunity for the usual trolls to vent their predjudices?

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  • honslknjklyt  |  February 10 2013, 8:54PM

    It is a sickening disgrace, it is women like this that have done so much damage. My mother told all her children, you get treated what you look like. If you look like you have no self respect you will get treated with none. Get some and you might get some! I would like to leave my front door wide open on those hot summer nights for a bit of breeze, but would I be stupid enough to risk it and then cry victim? I doubt the insurance company would have much sympathy, they would tell me I should have locked my door! What about that for the next march? The stupid walk? The freedom to leave our doors open without being told we should lock it?

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  • EllJay1  |  February 10 2013, 8:00PM

    If you look like a prostitute you can expect to be propositioned - so look out girls. By the way, I am a woman and would never have gone out looking like that, even when I was young enough to have attracted any attention.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 10 2013, 7:48PM

    LocalYoungMan has the right balance - Why temp people - regardless of whether you have a right or not to wear what you want or none - same if a man went walkabout at the dead of night flaunting his diamond studded watch and gold chain or fat wallet - the world is not perfect or PC and those intent on crime will commit crimes regardless of such silly walks - and February can be awfully cold for bare breasts.

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