Blame the System, Not the Victim: A March to End Rape Culture

FURIE is a Chicago-based grassroots feminist organization created in the fall of 2014 in an effort to better address diversity in feminist movements. FURIE is the brainchild of previous organizers of Slutwalk who “were looking for a more intersectional way of dealing with sexual violence,” says FURIE Organizer Chelsey Sprengeler. The organizers also want to move away from a once a year event to a year-round schedule of activist activities.

Slutwalk originated in Toronto in response to the rampant victim-blaming and slut-shaming of sexual assault survivors. From there, the movement exploded into a worldwide phenomenon. However, there has been much controversy over the name, message, and goals of Slutwalk since it’s inception in 2011. The term “slut” is problematic, specifically for people of color (POC) as a word that is often used in racially motivated, sexist comments. The word “slut” and emphasis on being scantily clad as a major part of the movement is also problematic for trans and genderfluid/non-binary folks, as fetishizing trans bodies is a common occurrence and many trans individuals don’t feel comfortable exposing their bodies in a way that makes them feel like a spectacle. Ability to reclaim the word “slut” is a privileged position that doesn’t take into account the current reality of many individuals. There has also been a critique of Slutwalk as being too narrowly focused on freedom of expression, without giving equal time to larger cultural factors that support rape culture......

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