They may have been given a police permit, but Singapore’s SlutWalk organisers are now fighting to not have to use it. Their reason: it’s unnecessary for their event and they don’t want to set a precedent for future events. >>>
More often than not, it’s an insult to be called a “slut”. It’s a word that associates sex with shame, rooted in the belief that anyone who celebrates his or her sexuality should be a social outcast. But now, a global movement has arisen to reclaim the word. It’s called SlutWalk, and it’s a series of international protest rallies against rape and sexual shaming. It began in April in Toronto, Canada and since then it’s spread like wildfire, with events being held in all six inhabited continents. >>>
Women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address the SlutWalk. First, we commend the organizers on their bold and vast mobilization to end the shaming and blaming of sexual assault victims for violence committed against them by other members of society. We are proud to be living in this moment in time where girls and boys have the opportunity to witness the acts of extraordinary women resisting oppression and challenging the myths that feed rape culture everywhere. >>>
Melanie Judge, a lesbian activist, takes a close look at President Jacob Zuma’s nomination of Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng to succeed Justice Sandile Ngcobo as the new Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court.