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“Slut Walk” raises eyebrows, awareness for campus life

April 12, 2013

Joe Florio / The Courier - As part of efforts to stop slut-shaming and victim-blaming, students, faculty and community members participated in the first Monmouth College Slut Walk, organized by the Women’s Studies 401: Women, Justice and Equality class.

After the Slut Walk, Courier staff asked MC students their positions on and reactions to the Slut Walk.

Sam Ripley, freshman: I did it because I often do things that would label me as a slut, such as my nipple piercings, openness to free love and bisexuality. It’s important because rape is such a taboo issue. It also serves to desexualize the human body, of men and women, in an attempt to make people feel comfortable.

Marisa Franks, junior: I want to raise awareness about “rape culture,” slut shaming and victim blaming and shed light on the fact that these things need to change, while also showing support for those who have been victims.

Kim Boyd, senior: I thought it was a cool thing to do on campus. It got a lot of people involved for a very important issue, and I know a lot of people have taken crap for being a part of it but it just shows that they believe strongly in the cause.

Kathryn Shipp, senior: The cause was very good, but I feel as though the cause has been overshadowed by the controversy over the clothing (or lack thereof) that some women chose to wear to the Slut Walk. People are at least conversing about the subject, so there has been a positive out-come. But I think its important that people remember the actual cause when talking about the Slut Walk.

Katie Struck, senior: I think that the Slut Walk went very well. One of the best developments on campus from the Slut Walk has been the sense of community and the increased awareness of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape on campus. I could tell from the passionate responses of Slut Walk participants that this event really created a change in some people’s thinking. I loved being a part of such a radical movement at Monmouth College.

Justin Frye, junior: I thought it was a great idea seeing everybody on campus getting involved, not just women but men as well. Negatively, the only thing I saw is that it was a little revealing but I think it was a great idea. It got a lot of people involved, babies to students to elderly people.

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