First official “slut walk” to challenge claim that clothing provokes rape

Southerly gales, driving rain, low tops and high hemlines don’t quite mix, but the forecast did not deter several dozen participants in Ireland’s first official “slut walk” through Galway yesterday.

In fact, the irony of the elements wasn’t lost on members of NUI Galway’s Feminist Society and the student union, who opted for striking rather than scanty clothing during their walk through the city centre.

Bearing whistles, balloons and placards, they elicited an enthusiastic response from lunchtime shoppers and secondary school students on their break.

The group, which aimed to highlight the right to freedom of expression and appearance, regardless of sex, was supported by Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI). This particular form of protest for women’s rights originated earlier this year in Toronto, Canada, in response to reported remarks by a policeman that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” to remain safe.

Read the full story in the Irish Times.

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