J´lem demonstrators: ´We´re proud sluts´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 05.04.12, 14:15)
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70 activists – mainly women – let it all hang out during the
Jerusalem SlutWalk, part of an international movement to counter
claim that provocative dress leads to sexual harassment, assaults
SlutWalk – the "modest" version: Some 70 activists, mostly women,
took part Friday in a protest march that started from Jerusalem´s
Paris Square and ended at Horse Park in the city center. Some of the
demonstrators wore risqué outfits and carried signs reading "No more
harassment," "Enough – blame the rapist," and "I´m a proud slut."
A police escort secured the protesters, who shouted "We´re not weak!"
and "We won´t be exploited!"
Despite the opposition of the city´s Ultra-Orthodox population to the
march, the demonstration concluded without event, although far from
unnoticed. David Davidov, an observant resident, called the
SlutWalk "a provocation. The provocative clothes of the marchers –
and women in general – prompts men to attack them."
The SlutWalk movement grew out of an incident that occurred in Canada
in 2011 in which a police office said that women should keep
themselves safe by "not dressing like sluts." The first SlutWalk was
held in Canada, and the idea took off around the world. The Jerusalem
version – organized by Or Levy, 22 – comes on the heels of two
marches already held in Israel, in Tel Aviv and Haifa.
"The women here all have a common goal. We are against harassment and
want to feel safe walking in the street, no matter what we´re
wearing. It´s every woman´s right to feel safe, just like men feel
secure," Levy said.
"This is not meant as a provocation against the haredim," Levy
explained. "We live in this city, so this is where we´re
demonstrating. We understand the sensitivity of the haredim, and the
protest isn´t against them – it´s against the men who harass us
Lily, a 28-year-old Jerusalem resident who also took part in the
SlutWalk, said that "too often, we hear the victim being blamed by
questions like ´what was she wearing? Why did you drink? Why did you
leave the house alone so late? The society that supposedly lets you
do what you want is quick to judge."
Passers by watched the march with interest. Lital Levy agreed that
the marchers were "right," but said that she "wouldn´t join a protest
like this in Jerusalem. There are people here who are really
sensitive to this kind of dress, and it offends them." (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/04/12)
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