Slutwalk festival, or the more diplomatically-named Festival de la Marcha de las Putas is about to take on legally sanctioned misogyny this Saturday in the Buenos Aires.
This year’s theme is Consentimiento: La línea es clara (Consent: the line is clear) and will be the rallying cry heard out at the march’s starting point in Plaza de Mayo. The festival kicks off at 3 PM with vintage music, self-defense class, a panel discussion and catering from “Cafe de Putas” (an americanHo please? Slagua con gas… anybody?) until 6 PM at which point the march gathers and heads towards the Obelisco for a closing performance from rock band Liers at 7 PM.
Reason numberone for going: it´s basically more of the #gratis partying we’ve come to expect from a Porteño November. More importantly, though, it´s a street demonstration for a cause you might be interested in getting behind.
Slutwalk essentially aims to debunk the practice of victim-blaming which is apparently still fairly entrenched in some circles when it comes to cases of sexual assault. It´s an internationally and annually replicated protest march, sprung back in 2011 from the enlightening suggestion of Toronto police office Michael Sanguinetti who said that:
“Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to avoid being victimized”
Good on him really, to provide such a succinct and ridiculous summary on the attitudes against which Marcha de las Putas and its international equivalents are protesting. The concept the march aims at fighting against is that some people (like that particularly savvy Toronto policeman) seem to think that the type of clothing a victim wears or the location where the assault takes place somehow affects the how guilty or accountable we should hold the people committing these crimes. In other word -flying in the face of dictionary definition, a person forced into non-consensual sexual activity could still have been really, kind of asking for it. There continue to be court cases and institutions in which this argument still seems to hold sway.
We should be objecting to this sort of attitude, obviously.
Follow The Bubble for a more considered discussion next week, in the meantime, find your way down to Plaza de Mayo for the Marcha de las Putas on Saturday afternoon. Don´t be thrown by “Marcha de las Putas”, or ´”lutwalk” (a name which, as for Saturday´s event, is often altered to avoid controversy and up-turned noses); the central point at hand is that it does not and should not matter what you wear. Come in suspenders; come in jeans and a T-shirt; come, as some have done in the past, in nun habits. Maybe that will win us back a place on Francis-tour 2016.