SlutWalk London!

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Slutwalk London 2011

In the meantime, here’s an earlier recording of my (Caitlin’s) first poem. It’s not recited quite as well as on the day, but the words are the same!

When I see a man approach and I cast down my eyes
I’m not laying down a hand, I’m not looking for a prize
It’s just a force of habit, this avoiding the male glance
Cos it isn’t worth the trouble and it isn’t worth the chance
Of them thinking that you’re actively ‘giving them the eye’
And not simply acknowledging a fellow passerby
And no, I don’t know what they’re thinking but I know what men have THOUGHT
And I live by my experiences and the lessons I’ve been taught
In a society where one such glance could put me in great danger
I’d rather look down at the floor than smile at a stranger
And in this tragedy of modern times where every man’s a threat
And every woman on her own is clearly ‘asking for it’
I fight and fight and fucking FIGHT to keep my head held high
So if I’m not catching your glances I’ll be looking at the SKY
And I’ve seen the way things could be and I’ve seen the way things are
And there’s nothing nice or wholesome about murder, rape, or war
And there’s absolutely nothing fair about the lack of equal pay
Or the fact that thousands of women are assaulted EVERY DAY
And that’s what’s running through my mind as I walk down the street
So don’t judge me if I look away
And if our eyes SHOULD meet
Just ask yourself how you would feel before you turn to shout
If you were always half-afraid of men when you went out
And ask yourself how you would feel if every single day
When you went to your wardrobe or you walked a certain way
You had to wonder what a judge would say about your skirt
And whether if you wear those heels you’re asking to get hurt
And whether you should have a drink or stick with lemonade
Because you know how many women every minute are betrayed
By someone they thought they could trust, or who they have just met
And whether you can go outside and smoke a cigarette
Without dealing with the ‘banter’ from the usual drunk lout
And whether you’ll need the alarm in the handbag you brought out
And whether you should call a friend to walk the journey home
Because you know you’re vulnerable when you’re walking alone
So if you see me in the street don’t ask me for a smile
And don’t assume I dress for you or appreciate your vile
Assertion of ownership on a body that’s my own
When all I really want to do is make it safely home
Cos I’m already fighting to be here in the first place
Without having to worry about a smile upon my face
So don’t attempt to hit on me with chauvinistic bile
And before you comment on my shoes

If anyone was filming the speeches on Saturday, please send them our way! What with the cost of the stage/PA system/insurance etc etc etc, we couldn’t afford someone to film the event so any footage is greatly appreciated.

As are donations, as ever. We’re still short on cash for covering everything, so if you’d like to donate head over here:

Here’s the list of speakers, for those of you who missed all our names!

  • Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, Elizabeth Head and Anastasia Richardson, Slutwalk organisers
  • Anastasia Richardson, Slutwalk co-organiser
  • Vicky Simister, UK Anti-Street Harassment Campaign
  • Cristel Amiss, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
  • Chitra Nagarajan, Gender Action for Peace and Security
  • Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, Slutwalk co-organiser & poet
  • Lisa Longstaff, Women Against Rape
  • Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes
  • Sheila Farmer, English Collective of Prostitutes
  • Jane Fae, Writer
  • Jo, Volunteer
  • Sanum Ghafoor, Activist
  • Caroline Coon, Artist
  • Claire Glasman, WinVisible
  • Laurie Penny, columnist for the New Statesman 
  • Kitty Richardson, Rape Crisis

We hope you had a good time. We certainly did!

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Love and slutidarity to you all!

Slutwalk will not be over after the walk tomorrow. We will be returning as ‘Slut Means Speak Up’ and campaigning on various issues. This is one of them. Please sign the petition and share it around.

Over 90% of rapes are never reported to police. Of those reported, only 6.7% result in convictions. While most rapists get away with it and are free to rape again, women who report rape are often disbelieved, accused of lying and sometimes imprisoned.

We demand that police and Crown Prosecution Service protect all rape survivors (women, children and men), not rapists.

Slutwalk London is open to EVERYONE, wherever you are on the gender spectrum. That means that YES men CAN march with us! Also remember that the march begins at the top of Piccadilly at 1pm and goes to Trafalgar Square, where we will hold a rally with speakers. See you there!

I am marching/stewarding because I hate the word slut and all it’s connotations of blaming women for sexism and sexual violence. We are not sluts we are women who can dress as we please, go where we please, have sex as we please, with whom we please and how we please without becoming sexually available or dehumanised. I’m determined that we will have a world where women are equal and free and sexuality isn’t alienated. A world where we are worth more than our looks and how much men fancy us. A world where the word NO is understood as no and not reinterpreted by how we dress, or what we drank, or whether we said yes before or yes to someone else..

We can do it!

Like many I have been the victim of sexual violence and had to deal with all the comments and sick reactions.

So, where ever we go, how ever we dress, lets teach them that yes means yes and no means NO

Asker Anonymous Asks:

can you put this out to all your followers, please? people can submit and suggest and help others who don't know what slogan to go with (:
slutmeansspeakup slutmeansspeakup Said:

Good source for some (very last minute!) ideas :)