If you are unaware of what the slut walk is, the President of Traditionalist Youth Network at Indiana University, Thomas Buhls, has already elaborated on that. Our group, the Traditionalist Youth Network, has plans to picket the event. Although chapter president elaborated on the issue, I would like to extend on some of the reasons why we, or at least, myself, oppose the so-called “Slut Walk.” Before I continue, I must express that these views are my own, and are not necessarily from a Traditionalist perspective or fully represent the opinions of the Traditionalist Youth Network.
Buhls has said why the Traditionalist Youth Network in no way shape or form endorses rape culture, let alone rape. Rape is a horrifying and inexcusable practice. Rape, no matter what kind of rape it is, rather it is rape by intoxication, spousal rape, or any other kind of rape, it is not acceptable. We will not be counter-demonstrating to defend the monstrosity of rape, not by any means.
We will be protesting the slutwalk movement for the following reasons:
1) The Slut-Walk movement, and the “sex-positive” movement in general embraces the concept of chastity shaming. So-called “liberal movements” have taken to condemning and criticizing women and men who choose to wait until marriage for sexual relations.
“The most recent incarnation of the sexual double standard being played out in a seriously creepy way is through Purity Balls. These promlike events basically have fathers take their daughters to a big fancy dance where they promise their daddy their virginity. Likewise, the father promises to be the “keeper” of his daughter’s virginity until he decides to give it to her future husband. Where are the Purity Balls for men, you ask? Oh, they’re there, but they’re about controlling women too! Called Integrity Balls, these events focus on men not having sex because they’d be defiling someone else’s “future wife”! Not because men need to be pure or be virgins — but because they need to make sure women are virgins. Unbelievable, really.”
Criticisms of purity balls are quite common from feminists and so-called “liberal” publications. Why then, is it OK to shame girls who choose to enter in bounds of chastity but then why should it not be ok to “shame” sluts?
Our organization does not, of course, advocate the “illegality” of sexual promiscuity. However, in criticizing destructive behavior we are well within our rights. After all, the majority of IU campus goes too great pains to criticize our organization yet insist that we have a “right to exist on campus”. Then why should we not be within our same rights with regards to criticize destructive behavior?
2) What about the ignorance of sexual assault of men by women? Our culture seems to have a view that the rape of men by women does not happen, and if it did that it would not be as traumatic as when it happens to women. Where is the justice for underage boys and girls who are preyed on by women predators? When this itself is based on a misogynistic double standard that women can’t be assertive and the men should have to want sex.
Or how about the false accusation of rape? Popular feminist website Every Day Feminism defines rape culture as believing in false accusations of rape. Their article “25 Examples of Everyday Rape Culture” says that so-called “rape culture” consists of “College students who report rapes are called liars” and “Victims not being taken seriously when they report rapes to campuses,” “Siding with accused rapists,” and “Assuming False accusations of rape is the norm.”
Excuse me, but isn’t this saying that essentially we should not care about trying to prove the innocence of the rapist in question? False accusations of rape happen, and when they do happen they cause damage to all genuine victims of rape. There do exist cases where people make up rape stories, just as people falsely report every other crime. Even if there had never been a single false accusation of rape, the rapist accused would still be entitled to the fullest legal protections guaranteed by our constitution.
3) A “slut” is a sexual object, embracing the title is contributing to sexual objectification which itself is at the basis for rape culture and slut shaming. Also, younger girls are getting exposed to looser sexual standards that cause them to lose self-respect. If our slut-walkers were really concerned with the rights of women, they would not be helping to contribute to harmful stereotypes and messages that actually harm young girls. Rather or not this is intentional, embracing the concept of a “slut” is harmful to young girls.
To drive in this point further, let us point to an article written by a self-proclaimed feminist and porn-director, Jincey Lumpkin. Lumpkin argued that Miley Cyrus is a positive role model for young girls, and that children need to be sexualized at a younger age. Let me quote what she says directly and link directly to what she says in her article “Why Miley Cyrus is a Feminist Icon”:
“How dare I? Aren’t I worried about the legion of 12-year-olds who will also feel compelled to writhe around in little to no clothing? No, I am not worried. In fact, I think we need to stop freaking out about sexuality. We are all sexual people. Babies masturbate in the womb. We pop out from Mama full of sexual instincts. Get real, parents: Children are sexual creatures.”
Or does everyone remember when the media exploded over the summer with the story of Kaitlyn Hunt? Hunt was a then-18-year-old woman who had been arrested for sexual contact with a 14 year old girl. All over the world so-called liberals, feminists, and gay rights activists jumped on this predator as some kind of heroine for women’s rights. Where was the outcry about the sexual violation of the young 14 girl?
4) The slutwalk movement fundamentally misunderstands human nature. Yes, we need to have further education into the nature of consent. However simply “educating” men not to rape will not solve the problem. Watching television does not create rapists anymore then women wearing provocative clothes. They are created out of an unfortunate surfacing of rage and misogyny. Human beings are not blank slates who are educated to act a certain way and act in accordance with the environment they were brought up in, they are unique individuals born with a free mind, together with pre-programmed feelings and which can be activated by their environment. It is a pure and unfortunate utopian naivety to say that rape can be eradicated through education. So, therefore, giving advice to women on how to not get raped should not be seen as “misogynistic”.
To sum it all up, the Traditionalist Youth Network supports the effort to get rid of rape culture, but does not support the Slut Walk. We reject the “chastity shaming” that is at the core of so-called “sex-positive” movement. We reject both the double standard in terms of sexual assault charges and the attempt to make accused rapists “guilty until proven innocent”. We also reject how our children are becoming sexualized at earlier ages. We also are outraged at how the “sex-positive” movement embraces this trend and encourages it.
Rape Culture Revisted: There’s Enough Shame for Everyone by George Skanderbeg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.