Provocative Attire Is Not An Open Invitation For Sex: FSU’s 2nd Annual Slut Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Neffetara Morris   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:27

Frostburg, MD-The Students for Women’s Issues or SWI held their annual “slut walk” on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 on the Frostburg State University campus. SWI, founded in fall 2009,  is an organization focused on bringing attention towards women’s issues; “basically our goal is to raise awareness about women’s issues both locally and globally,” said President Jenaee McWhirter. The walk is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and spread the message that regardless of what the victim is wearing, he or she does have a choice to give consent for engagement in sexual activity.

McWhirter and members of SWI are responsible for bringing the walk to Frostburg; “well actually it wasn’t our idea; it’s a nationwide movement it was actually founded in Toronto when a woman was sexually assaulted and an officer went on national television and said ‘if women did not dress like sluts then they wouldn’t be sexually assaulted’ so that’s where it started,” said McWhirter. McWhirter and SWI are tenacious about informing people that the victim is never at fault; “one in four women on campus have been sexually assaulted and they feel like they can’t come and say anything about it because their being the one blamed, more focus needs to be taken off of the victim and on the person who committed the crime which is the rapist,” said McWhirter. 

The weather was gloomy, rainy, and cold; it appeared as if no one was even going to come “we had a great turnout last year so hopefully we have a great turnout this year too,” said McWhirter. Her wish was granted; at 4:45 p.m., people began to gather around the clock tower located in the center of the Frostburg campus. McWhirter and her board members were dressed in miniskirts and shorts with laced stocking and revealing shirts to effectively deliver the message that attire does not invite rape. Men and women came out to support the cause. Signs with different sayings were also held to emphasize on raising awareness to the issue. Vice president, Erin Hickey, also gave her input on SWI’s mission for having the slut walk; “I want people to realize that no matter what you’re wearing you shouldn’t deserve to be raped; if you get sexually assaulted, it shouldn’t be because of something you’re wearing, that shouldn’t be the focus.” Hickey went on to say, “it’s everyone’s own right and decision to choose what they want to wear; I don’t believe someone should have the right to tell you what you should and should not wear in order to feel safe.” 

Spontaneously, the sun began to creep out and the weather started to clear. An enthusiastic emotion also accompanied as supporters began to feel excited about marching around campus. People also started dancing and singing

along to the music that was provided for the walk. McWhirter and Hickey began by discussing the meaning of the walk more in depth. Hickey, for example read excerpts from famous individuals like Rush Limbaugh who have voiced their opposition against women’s rights. The crowd reacted in disdain after hearing comments from those individuals. However, there was a great male turnout. Sophomore James Tyson showed his support of the organization and cause; “I don’t think women are sluts because they choose to wear provocative clothing; it might be something they want to wear; you shouldn’t judge someone by how they look on the outside,” said Tyson. Tyson was totally against the claim of a woman inviting rape due to her attire but he did think sometimes their outfits do send a wrong message; “If I see her with shorts shorter than her arm length I’m going to think “okay she wants to show off” but I’m not going to jump to the conclusion that she’s a slut,” said Tyson. 

Supporters of the walk marched around campus yelling chants in opposition to rape. They displayed a sincere passion for the cause and wanted their voices to be heard. “No means no and that’s what were conveying,” said McWhirter. Although, SWI did not create the walk, they are the first college campus in Maryland to have it. They managed to make history last year in their first annual walk. The slut walk also made its way to our nation’s capitol; “there was one in DC this past summer and it was great,” said McWhirter. The movement is gradually spreading.

If you would like to become an avid supporter of SWI to discuss topics regarding women, you can join the organization and attend their meetings every Monday at 6:00 p.m. in Lane Center room 108.


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 11:04
 
Comments (2)
Awesome article
Janice Powell
Monday, 15 October 2012 12:26
I'm extremely PROUD of my niece Neffetara Morris. This article is well written and very profound.
It's about time we (women), take a stand and speak out about our rights to wear what we want to.
Wearing a miniskirt does not, nor should not give the invitation or impression that I want to be assaulted.
Keep up the good work Hun. Your an AMAZING writer.
Awareness of women's rights
Jeff Davis
Friday, 16 November 2012 17:40
Thanks for reporting on this social issue. We will always have dunderheads like Ruch Limbaugh spouting his bias and ignorance, but hopefully events like this will help people to realize that a woman's attire has nothing to do with sexual availability. As always, it remains that NO means NO means No no matter what you are wearing.
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