As a recent Latin American Slutwalker, and as a Feminist in general, I am witnessing a very welcomed worldwide debate on a certain kind of “advice” regarding rape prevention or, as some have phrased in a laughable euphemism, “risk-management”.
Many feminists have wrote articles which helped me understand different views on what the fight is really about. It also helped me to attend the Slutwalk held in my city, and see with my own eyes what happened there.
I would like to share with you my own vision now.
Since few people could have summarized such ancient lore so efficiently, I will take hand of Constable Sanguinetti’s words: “women should avoid dressing like sluts.”
An alternate approach was provided by Emily Yoffe recently: “don’t get drunk.”
These statements are problematic for several reasons.
But the main reason, which also happens to be the simplest, is that they go absolutely against everything we know about rape.
The so-called advice is a myth, and its main effect is to shame women’s choices and silence rape survivors.
But this time I’d like to focus on a particular consequence of buying into the myth’s logic. Continue reading