Why This Queer Man Marched in the Slut Walk

Around 2000 people marched in the Slut Walk in Tel Aviv last week, demonstrating against sexual harassment. Yair Emma Schmidt, a queer man, explains why he joined the demonstration.

Given the fact that we are still living in a world where the heterosexual white cisgender man is dominant, we are in a constant war of existence. A struggle of existence for our rights as equal in the oppressive patriarchal society, a community that doesn’t accept the full rights of the general population.

We must stand up, protest, and fight the existing order in favor of justice and equality, fight against the rape culture and for the self-expression of each and every one of us. The slut walk comes and shouts it in your face.

“Homophobia begins in the government’s hallways!”

In a world where a government is willing to receive funding for a public park from a prime minister who sends dozens of homosexuals to concentration camps – they will not really take care of you. And in a police office only a few months ago a trans woman was attacked by a policeman.

I am a queer male, and as I marched with the slut walk this week I heard two women whispering, “What are these men doing here anyway?”
First of all, in order to fight against a culture of rape you need the full gender spectrum, in all its shades. And anyone who doesn’t understand this won’t succeed in her struggle.

We are a weakened community, remember it – this is a fact. We are being weakened by state institutions and many times by the media. An example of this is the institution of marriage where we are not yet recognized as equals. And in the media we have a completely stereotyped representation. As a community that is persecuted in many countries around the world, it is our duty to take care of other disadvantaged communities such as women who wish to end the rape culture.

It is our natural right to determine who we want to have sex with. It is our right to love and be attracted to those who we love and are attracted to. It is our right to marry in our country. It is our right not to shake hands with the hegemony that only tells us: you want to be like everyone else? Pay taxes, serve in the army. But in fact it does not give us the necessary protection. On the contrary – it gives a platform to military rabbis who say we are a disease.

It is our duty not to be a part of the rape culture, but to demonstrate against it.