10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Slutwalk Johannesburg

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND SLUTWALK JOHANNESBURG THIS SATURDAY:

  1. “LEGITIMATE RAPE” –  Really? REALLY?!
  2. GOGOS, WHO SHOULD BE  REVERED, SPENDING NIGHTS IN FEAR – I cannot even conceive of my grandmother having to fear getting raped.
  3. BABIES BEING RAPED AND RAPED 5-YR OLDS BEING CALLED SLUTS – I can but shake my head in horror.
  4. GIRLS IN MINI-SKIRTS BEING ASSAULTED BY HORDES OF MEN – and no, it’s not because of cultural norms. Think of topless maidens in reed skirts.
  5. YOU BELIEVE THAT NO-ONE  DESERVES TO BE RAPED, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY MIGHT BE WEARING, OR DOING, OR DRINKING, THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SEXUAL HISTORY OR THEIR GENDER
  6. VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
  7. “CORRECTIVE RAPE” – In the same class as “LEGITIMATE” rape. BULLSH*T!
  8. THE ALMOST NEVER REPORTED RAPE OF MEN AND BOYS – One of my best male friends is HIV+ because of rape
  9. YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT RAPE IS CAUSED BY ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE RAPIST.
  10. YOU WANT TO PROTEST SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VICTIM-BLAMING AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS.

Come as you are. Come as you want to be. Just be there!

Here is the Slutwalk Johannesburg Press Release:

Slutwalk Johannesburg

It’s a dress, not a Yes!

P.O. BOX 44170 LINDEN 2104  http://www.slutwalkjhb.co.za    slutwalkjhb@gmail.com

Slutwalk expresses the notion that no victim of sexual assault is the cause of that assault. No one ever asked to be raped.

Slutwalks originated in Canada in January 2011 when a representative of the Toronto police told a group of students, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. A furore ensued, followed quickly by a protest march, the message of which reverberated so that there have now been Slutwalks in over 100 cities around the world. This August 25th 2012, Slutwalk is coming to the streets of Johannesburg for the second time.

We, the organisers of Slutwalk Johannesburg see Slutwalk as an international movement which can help us raise awareness around a number of sexual assault issues; victim-blaming, corrective rape, gender violence and questioning the acceptance of a “rape culture” which has become the norm in our country. This is in line with the focus of the original Toronto Slutwalk.

In our country it is obvious that sexual violence is a very pressing issue and in spite of Slutwalk this year being during Woman’s Month, it is not only a woman’s issue, it is an issue that all of society need to address.

The participants at Slutwalk are ordinary people, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – people who believe in the vision of an equal society. Some dress provocatively to emphasize the absurdity of much of society’s view on the issue, others dress in normal work or casual clothes in solidarity.

To quote Heather Jarvis, founder of Slutwalk: “From the very beginning in 2011 people were always encouraged to challenge slut-shaming language like “slut”, “whore”, “ho”, “skank”, “tramp”, etc. and never told they had to identify (with) one or another in order to participate. We’ve always maintained people should be safe to be who they are, how they are.”

If you’re human and believe that nobody, despite their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or sexual history deserves to be raped, then come support Slutwalk and spread the message.

 

CONSENT IS NOT NEGOTIABLE

JOIN SLUTWALK JHB AND LET’S UNITE AGAINST VICTIM BLAMING AND SHAMING AND AGAINST ACCEPTABILITY OF ANY FORM OF RAPE

BLAME THE PERPETRATOR, NOT THE VICTIM!

DETAILS OF THE DAY:

ORGANISERS:

Slutwalk JHB is being organised by founder Sandi Schultz, Gina Jacobson, Nadia Assimacopoulos and Walter Pike

TIME & LOCATION:

The march is happening 25 thAUGUST 2012 starting and ending at Zoo Lake Sport’s Club, Cnr Westwold Way and Lower Park Drive, Parkwood. People are asked to arrive at 10h30, speeches start at 11h00 and the march will start at 11h30.

SPEAKERS:

BULELWA MAKEKE – Head of Communications at NPO

BRIDGET MAKHONZA – Activist from Khulisa

ROCHELLE PIMENTEL – Survivor/Activist

SIMONE HERADIEN – Head of Genderdymanix

PARKING:

Parking has been organized on the cricket field on Westwold Way and will be R10 per vehicle. The organizers kindly ask that participants carpool where possible and that no one park on the streets, in keeping with the resident’s association’s request.

For more info on Slutwalk Johannesburg, we have the following in place:

We would like to express our gratitude to the following:

Afrihost – for sponsoring our website

Etana – for covering our Liability Insurance for the event

Lola Montez – for assistance with T-shirt costs

Foot Fashion SA – for donations

Please make any donations to:

FNB Savings Account

Slutwalkjhb

Acc : 62325235902

Branch Norwood Mall

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the things we take for granted/just another day in jozi

you walk through the door
and there’s a look on your face
that’s strange.
something’s been
rearranged since the last time i saw you,
since the last cavalier
goodbye.

“didn’t you get my message?” you say.
i explain the mundane inanity
of a phone forgotten at work.
“mine’s been stolen,”
you say, your voice flat and calm
as you regale me with a nightmare of doors kicked in,
and men with zipties and guns.

in my mind flash horrific scenes of
“what might have been”.
but like you, i am numb.

i look at you and see the violence reverberate.
“shhhhh…”, i say,
pulling you close.
“shhhhh…”.

as i hold you
i cannot help but feel imaginary bullet wounds,
i feel the holes rent by that knife.
i see one more hole ripped huge in the fragile silk
of this parachute,
our life.

and yet:
i also feel the things we take for granted.

and i am grateful for another chance.

this city is making me sick…

i think i’m allergic to johannesburg. must be. i have never suffered as chronically from sinus and upper respiratory infections as i have  in the past 3 years since i moved here from l.a..

my sore throat started coming back yesterday afternoon. this morning, utilizing a flashlight and mirror revealed the cause of  my unhappiness; angry red welts lining the back of my throat as a result of my incessant post nasal drip. i realized i needed another trip to the doctor. she thinks my chronic infections are caused by johannesburg’s dust, pollen and all the construction happening in the run-up to 2010. and i’m not allowed to run on the track for at least the next week because she thinks it will exacerbate the infection. 

see, i have to make plans to get out of here! i can be facetious and say i don’t swallow, but that’s only because my throat’s too f$%^ing sore! urgh!