SlutWalks are happening all over the world, and now, Michele Stander-Reimer is organizing a Milwaukee march for later this summer. The purpose of a SlutWalk is to raise awareness of sexual assault and stress the fact that a woman, no matter what she is wearing, does not deserved to be raped.
"Sexual assault is the most unreported violent crime in America," says Stander-Reimer. "And, when it is reported it is often not prosecuted, based on what a woman was wearing, what she had to drink, how many sexual partners she has had, in other words, subjective criteria which our society, and our legal system, use to label a woman a 'slut' and 'deserving.'"
During a SlutWalk, marchers – both men and women – sometimes dress provocatively to further stress their point. In the process, they are also reclaiming the word "slut" which, according to Stander-Reimer, often pits women again women.
"This term is used not only to demean women, but separate 'us' from 'them,' in whatever way that may seem appropriate. It makes women who have not experienced sexual assault feel safe, because it can't happen to them, it happens to those women over there, the deserving ones. This is factually incorrect, and continues a dangerous stereotype," says Stander-Reimer.
Last week, Stander-Reimer and Marquette University student Colleen Henry set up a Facebook page for the event which now has almost 1,000 "likers."
Stander-Reimer's husband, Daniel Reimer, is in the process of researching venue possibilities and talking with the city about permits. Soon, they will call for volunteers and speakers via the Facebook page to help spread the message.
"The reason that we blame women's clothing on her victimization is because we, as a society, think that her clothes, her sexiness, has something to do with it; that there are men out there who would normally be reserved but simply cannot contain themselves when they see a skimpy outfit. That thinking is not only factually incorrect and degrading towards women, it's unbelievably insulting to men," says Stander-Reimer.
Completely trivializes the prevalence of sexual assault, the importance of providing EDUCATION and TRAINING about how to prevent it on a systemic level, AND calling it "slutwalk" merely draws attention to it, rather than really addressing the larger issues. Additionally, men dressing "provocatively"? I'm sorry, but men are not nearly scrutinized in popular culture (or society) as much as women are. The whole thing smacks of sensationalism, and I think author Ariel Levy (Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture) would agree.
This event trivializes a traumatizing event for women. By focusing on the word and concept of slut, it still doesn't address the fact (even though they try to say it does) that a woman doesn't receive the protection and safety she needs after than event occurs. In order to be taken seriously, us women need to set an example as a woman. This isn't the way to do it.
It's a valiant and well intentioned effort, but ultimately pointless. Yes women have the right to wear anything they want without being assaulted. The problem, is most reasonable people already agree with that. The animals that would attack a sexily clad woman, aren't going to be swayed by any walk, slut or otherwise, because they can't be reasoned with. So does a woman have a right to wear revealing clothing without being assaulted? Yes. Is it wise to wear that clothing in any and/or every venue/location? Not necessarily, particularly when they're in bad areas of town. I wouldn't go so far as to say that they're asking for it. They're not. But you know, I wouldn't choose to walk around 25th & Locust at night wearing a brand new leather jacket and Nikes either. Just because you have a right to do something, doesn't make it wise to do so. That may not be right or fair, but reality often isn't.
As a Survivor - the term for your walk is extremely offensive. I truly believe in what you are doing yet you are going about this the wrong way.
The Healing Center is a place for Survivors, both men & women. Why not call someone who does this for living and ask their opinion on your name? Also, maybe you could refer your fans on Facebook to the Healing Center and ask them to join their Walk on May 21. Proceeds go to the Healing Center which is a non-profit who does GREAT work.
Show me the other Talkback
6 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published Dec. 6, 2013
Caring Santa is a private event at Southridge Mall for children and young adults with special needs who want to visit Santa in an environment that's comfortable for them.
Published Dec. 5, 2013
Perhaps the coolest part of staying at a hotel built inside a former brewery is that it really feels like you're staying at a hotel built inside a former brewery. From the moment we walked into the Brewhouse Inn Suites - in the former Pabst brewhouse - we were swept up in brewing history.
Published Dec. 4, 2013
Brady Street will once again get in on the Festivus action on Saturday, Dec. 7 and attendees will have a chance to air their grievances and participate in feats of strength in an effort to win the highly coveted Festivus pole.
Published Dec. 3, 2013
Splash Studio in the Third Ward announced today that it is in the process of expanding and will more than double the size of the space.
Published Dec. 3, 2013
A couple of months ago, OnMilwaukee.com shared the news that the Walker's Point Youth & Family Center was its charity of choice for Potawatomi's Miracle On Canal Street Program. OnMilwaukee.com continues to support Walker's Point Youth and Family Center beyond the Miracle program, too, and plans to donate a variety of items for the holidays. The organization could use your help, too.
Published Dec. 3, 2013
Some big changes are underway at Lakefront Brewery, but not for the beer.
Published Dec. 2, 2013
This weekend, Justin Carlisle will open an underground, after-hours ramen noodle shop inside Ardent, his restaurant located at 1751 N. Farwell Ave.
Published Dec. 2, 2013
If you're still planning to scoop up local gifts for those luckies on your list, here's another opportunity to do so. On Friday, Dec. 6 the artists in the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St., are hosting a Last Minute Art Show.
Published Dec. 1, 2013
Camp Bar turned one this month and so OnMilwaukee.com caught up with co-owner Natalia Hackbarth to reflect on the past year - and the future - of this Shorewood bar.
Published Nov. 30, 2013
Order a coffee drink at Coffeetails, connected to the Y-Not II, and feel free to get it with more than just cream or sugar. Frangelico, Baileys, Chambord, Kahlua, Godiva chocolate raspberry vodka or Rumchata - many of which are available in small "airplane" bottles - are just a few of the options.