Slutwalk: how not to deal with oppression

rubbleofempires has a very persuasive case for the political ineffectiveness of projects like the Slutwalk and other attempts to ‘reclaim’ slurs. I’m not entirely sure I agree but he has a point about how oppressors deal with this, and about how much, consequently, violence remains part of these discourses and practices.

4 thoughts on “Slutwalk: how not to deal with oppression

  1. One way in which the word ‘slut’ seems to me to be different from ‘nigger’ or ‘queer’ is that these women aren’t just trying to reclaim a word, they’re trying to say that there’s nothing wrong with a certain mode of living.
    Admittedly it’s a bit garbled, because you’d want a statement akin to a gay rights movement if you wanted to really do that.

  2. i suppose the trouble with this critique is — and i am entirely sympathetic to highlighting the problematic angle of the individualist approach in favour of a class approach — mr rubbleofempire speaks of oppression mainly in terms of racist problematics or gay/queer and not in terms of feminism (and not sure whether i am crrect, but did not mention the word woman very often.) as usual, racism problems trump women problems. once could of course say, oppression is oppression, they’re all the same. it’s not really that sexism has been discussed in this critique, term it oppression and we have all clean hands. whereas sexism was the thing to be adressed by the slutwalk, being allowed one additional mode of well, female expression or expression of female living, whatever you might think about it, but hell, without being sanctioned for being a slut. or dressed like one. that’s how i understood it. just not getting shit for the way you dress. and as such it’s again highly political. it only doesn’t really fit very easily into theories.

    this critique, it also sends out the message from the young well meaning liberal dudes: hey girls, nice try, let me tell you, you’re doing it all wrong once again, too stupid even to sort out your own oppression.

  3. “this critique, it also sends out the message from the young well meaning liberal dudes: hey girls, nice try, let me tell you, you’re doing it all wrong once again, too stupid even to sort out your own oppression.”
    Except for the fact that he says that even blacks and homosexuals made the same mistake.

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