Hundreds demonstrators took to the streets of Jerusalem on Friday, protesting rape culture in the fourth-annual Mitzad Sharmuta (SlutWalk) march.
Slut Walk 2015 (Photo by Renee Ghert-Zand/Times of Israel)
The protesters, mainly young men and women in their teens and twenties, paraded in various states of undress to make the point that women should be able to wear whatever they want without being sexually harassed. Many of the women had on midriff-baring tops, or no tops at all. Some of the men went bare-chested or cross-dressed, donning feminine sundresses appropriate for the warm late-May weather.
They carried hand-made signs and shouted slogans such as, “Blame the rapist,” “When she says no, she means no,” “My body is mine,” and “Women demand safety on the streets.”
A SlutWalk is a protest against the explaining or excusing of rape based on a woman’s attire or appearance. The first such protest took place in Toronto, Canada in April 2011, in response to a police officer’s suggesting that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” in order to avoid being raped. Since then, SlutWalks have taken place in cities around the world and have broadened their protest scope to include all types of sexual assault and harassment, as well as the prevalence of victim blaming.