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SlutWalk Movement Reaches Mexico City

SlutWalk Movement Reaches Mexico City

Last month, the SlutWalk movement ignited by the Toronto police officer who told a group of college students they should avoid dressing like sluts so they wouldn’t get raped reached New Delhi. This month, I’m excited to report that the movement has spread to Latin America with an event taking place in Mexico City – the Marcha De Las Putas.

Our very own Care2 blogger Ileana Jiménez interviewed Gabriela Amancaya, the founder of AtreveteDF, the Mexico City chapter of the New York-based Hollaback!, about her involvement in organizing the Mexico City SlutWalk.

Here are a few excerpts from the interview which can be found at Gender Across Borders:

What prompted the Marcha de las Putas to start in Mexico?

In Mexico we have many reasons to march, the most recent event in our country that reflects this is the suggestion of the Mayor of Navolato, Sinaloa in which he asked that mini-skirts be prohibited in order to avoid pregnancies. This is just an example of measures that have been taken around the country to monitor and control women’s bodies and to avoid assuming adequate responsibility for sexual abuse and gender-based violence. Above all, we are quite aware of the rates of violence against women in Mexico and the impunity around the feminicidios of our sisters.

Can you describe how the phenomenon of the Marcha has inspired not only women in Mexico City but also women across Mexico?

When we decided to hold a Marcha de las Putas in Mexico City, it was because we knew that machismo exists all over the world but within different contexts. In Mexico, the rates of gender-based violence are alarming, and while the intersections of race, class and ethnicity are different here than in the U.S., and while we recognize that raising our voices against the silence that has surrounded sexual abuse is still a privilege that not all people in our country have, it is important to break the silence around it wherever possible.

And it’s not just women in Mexico City who are breaking the silence. All over Mexico women are replicating the Marcha de las Putas like in Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, León, Morelia, Oaxaca, Orizaba, Tijuana and Xalapa. The movement is also spreading across Latin America in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, Managua, Nicaragua, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

All of these combined voices have the power to tell the entire world that we will not take violence against women anymore! Bravo SlutWalk movement and the spirited, intelligent, and brave women who lead the protests!

Related from Care2:

SlutWalk Movement Reaches New Delhi

Police Officer Advises Women to Avoid Sexual Assault By Not Dressing Like a “Slut”

Students March to Protest Stereotyping Rape Victims

 

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4:33AM PDT on May 22, 2012

People all talk about how a woman dresses "causing" rape. That's BS. If that were the case there would be higher incidences of rape at nude beaches/nudist colonies--and there's not.
besides, as adults MEN are supposed to be able to not act on their impulses. If a guy sees a fantastic sports car and really wants it, does that make stealing it legal? If a person walks down the street expensively dressed does that make it legal to mug them? If you're angry at someone is it legal to kill them? no. no and no. If these animals can't act as adults then they should have all of their adult privileges stripped away--all of them.

2:37AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Always when i hear about terrible things it makes med sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

5:32AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

For various reasons I don’t favour the name of this campaign, Firstly, it carries too much capacity to confuse people. The strategy of irony rests upon contradiction, which is too risky for such a serious issue.

The sign in the photo (above) demands that rape be taken seriously. However, many of the marchers present themselves in exaggerated stereotype that is anything but serious.

This mixed message in one parade – on the one hand demanding blunt honesty and transparency – on the other, displaying silly and frivolous costumes - could have many onlookers wondering whether they’re being asked to sympathise or to chuckle. I find no humour in this issue at all.

Secondly, I want the unhelpful and unhealthy manufactured stereotypes to rapidly fade out, along with the related aberrations of discrimination, disrespect, domination, exploitation and violence. Society needs women and men alike, to claim their human rights in authentic ways.

6:16AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:47AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Just wondering . . .Why is it that women get to wear clothing that displays and emphasizes their breasts and thighs whereas we men don't get to wear clothing that emphasizes our penises and testicles? Why is it that men are deprived of the opportunity to dress provocatively? Food for thought.

12:15AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

The slut walk should go global. There should be a day each year for people to march against rape, domestic abuse and all gender abuse aimed at women. Men are getting involved and thats what is needed.

12:05PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

My partner and I have done a bit of traveling and have had mostly enjoyable experiences, with one exception, that stands out.
That esception is... T-O-R-O-N-T-O, Canada.

Our vacation there, almost reached the violent stage, with a cab driver. The police were called and we were told to pay him the amount, which he asked. The details are unimportant, for this conversation.

However, if traveling there, be very careful. Although, it is a beautiful city, they harbor some unsavory characters.

9:22AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Men raped women with dresses covering all the body so how you dress has little to do with it.

5:20AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

even senior citizens and handicapped were also victims, what's got to do with dressing ???

4:13AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Rape is rape!
So ...please be carefull also how you dress and how you act!

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