This photo of Ashley from the Chicago Slutwalk 2012 protest* was posted on STFU, Conservatives Tumblr page last night. While it’s not a bad pic of her (we like the next one better), the comment exchange that followed was pretty awesome.
One person wrote, ”…its kind like putting a meat suit on and telling a shark not to eat you”.
”We (men) are not fucking sharks! We are not rabid animals living off of pure instinct. We are capable of rational thinking and understanding.
Just because someone is cooking food doesn’t mean you’re entitled to eat it.
Just because a banker is counting money doesn’t mean you’re being given free money.
Just because a person is naked doesn’t mean you’re entitled to fuck them.
You are not entitled to someone else’s body just because it’s exposed. What is so fucking difficult about this concept?”
*on January 24, 2011 Constable Michael Sanguinetti of the Toronto Police Service was speaking at York Univeristy in Ontario, Canada. In the speech he said ”women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. Women and men took to the streets, scantily clad, in what has become annual marches in cities across North America in protest.
That’s what many commenters in this thread overlook; they presume the message is to rapists. Frankly, women in burqas get raped so clearly rapists don’t pick their targets based on the amount of skin showing. Ashley and other Slutwalk protesters are reminding LEOs, courts, and communities that what a person chose to wear is irrelevant as to whether or not a rape took place.