The Problem With The Slut Walk

So, the Slut Walk is eye catching. It also stands out enough to draw attention. Part of the message is even worth repeating. A woman being dressed provocatively is in no way, shape, or form any kind of excuse for rape. Furthermore, I consider rape to be an extremely serious crime and were it my call, a conviction would merit the death penalty.

All that being said, there’s another contrary message, one worth repeating, that I think can get lost in an event like this one. Let me illustrate it with a very true story from my college years.

One night in my freshman year, I was out clubbing or at party or something until about 2 AM, and afterwards, I headed back to my dorm room. I walk in the door and there’s a girl lying in my bed. She’s a busty chick that I have seen around now and again, but I hardly even know who she is. This girl is completely and utterly hammered. So, she looks up at me from my bed and groggily says, and I quote, “Please f*** me.” Then, she promptly passed out.

Let me repeat; this girl did not know me from Adam. She was in my bed. At 2 AM. She asked me to sleep with her before she passed out and became completely unable to resist anything I wanted to do to her.

So, I went a couple of doors down, found my roommate, asked him how this girl ended up in my bed, and next thing you know, there are 5 of us alone with her in my dorm room. All four of the guys other than me are plastered. Someone suggests, joking — I think — that we strip her down and take pictures. Of course, that idea was promptly vetoed and much of the rest of my night was spent trying to get car keys from a drunken idiot from down the hall who wanted to drive despite the fact he could barely stand up. Welcome to college life, folks — and, yes, your kids are probably engaged in the same stupidty.

Anyway, here’s the point. She was completely defenseless, passed out at 2 AM with no one to look out for her in a room with 5 guys, 4 of whom had been drinking. In the end, everything worked out fine for her, but things could have gone very, very differently had different people been involved.

So, what I think the Slut Walk ignores or perhaps misses entirely is that how people behave, how they dress, and the situations they willingly walk into can have a lot of impact on what ultimately happens to them. That doesn’t mean they’re at fault if something bad happens to them, but it does mean that it’s much better to take steps to insure that nothing happens to you in the first place. Teaching people that message would do a lot more good than anything that will ever come out of the slut walk.

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