Monday, May 16, 2011

SlutWalk in Sydney - update

For readers interested in Sydney's Slutwalk, audryautonomy just posted on Fet:

SlutWalk Sydney: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Monday 13th June

DUE TO EXPECTED NUMBERS MASSIVELY OUTSTRIPPING ORIGINAL ESTIMATES WE HAVE HAD TO CHANGE OUR ROUTE

NEW ROUTE:

1:30pm meet outside Sydney Town Hall, George St, Sydney for a 2pm start
2:30pm speakers and performance outside the District Court
4pm arrive at Harmony Park, next to the Surry Hills Police Station

This Queen's Birthday Public Holiday:
Coinciding with, and supported by, Camp Betty 2011, the Sydney SlutWalk stands in solidarity with Toronto (and other cities internationally) against victim blaming and slut shaming.

No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged for our perceived sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Our cities, our streets and out parks belong to all of us. No one should associate the use of public space with fear of violence and rape.

Our message is that rape can never be ok and that sexual assault is inexcusable, regardless of mode of dress or perceived sexual orientation. “Slut” is being reappropriated from a form of hate speech to a valid expression of sexuality. SlutWalk Sydney invites you to support the event and join us in this call for an end to the disgraceful vilification of the survivors of assault and rape.

A myth about sex work is that it is a job that is high-risk for sexual assault. In reality this has the effect of impunity for sex workers' assailants. In NSW sex work is decriminalised and street sex work has been legal since 1979. Regardless of sex workers legal rights, those who report rape and assault are still regularly blamed and victimised by police, media and in court. This is a shameful and completely unacceptable situation and must be challenged. There are sex workers participating in all the Australian SlutWalks, marching in defence of their profession, their personal autonomy, and most importantly their basic human rights.

SlutWalk Sydney will coincide with, and is supported by a radical political festival taking place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Camp Betty is a uniquely Australian, national convergence on issues of sex, gender and sexuality. The festival will host major panels on policing and the justice system; queer sexuality, radical action & electoral politics; sex worker activism; queer spaces; and consent.

Contact for media or to help out: slutwalksydney@gmail.com

Sydney SlutWalk community page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SlutWalk-Sydney-Sluts…

For details of SlutWalks in other Australian cities: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SlutWalk-Australia/21…

And Around the World:
http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/satellite

Camp Betty Sydney 2011:
www.campbetty.org

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