Tel Aviv Holds a SlutWalk: ‘A Struggle of All Humans’

Hundreds of protesters filled Tel Aviv’s streets with cries against rape culture. Women wearing just bras or bikini tops march through city center to demonstrate against widespread sexual harassment in Israel

Hundreds of scantily clad women protested against rape culture Friday on Tel Aviv’s promenade many with shrill whistles colorful her. The city’s annual “SlutWalk” was slithering its way after a row of drummers dressed in pink along the waterfront, as passersby looked on eyebrows raised.

A group of women wearing dresses carried signs criticizing the release of the suspects in a gang rape in Herzliya last month. By them another group of women chanted slogans such as “Feminism is the radical realization that women are human,” “a G-string isn’t an invitation to rape,” and “The rape culture begins in the offices of the police.”

A group of curly–haired children waiting for the march to go by began to imitate the protesters calling out “My body is mine.” A homeless person napping in the sun on one of the benches was woken up abruptly by the commotion. He pulled out a mobile phone and started recording the multi-colored spectacle.

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The march set off from Gordon Beach around 10:30 am, and ended at Habima Square, where protesters gave speeches.

SlutWalks first began in Toronto, Canada in April 2011, in response to a police officer’s suggestion that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” in order to avoid being raped. Since then, the protests have taken place in cities throughout the world, and have broadened their scope to include protests against all types of sexual assault and harassment, as well as the prevalence of victim blaming.

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