Slutwalk Boston May 2011 AP
Women march through downtown Boston during a 'SlutWalk,' May 7, 2011, held after a Toronto police officer said women shouldn't dress like 'sluts' if they wanted to avoid being raped. Photo by AP
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The rise of Slutwalks - anti-rape marches that started as a reaction to a Canadian cop’s comments that dressing slutty encourages sexual assault, and have since spread across the world - has incited a debate on the use of the word “slut.” Some, like Gail Dines and Wendy J. Murphy over at the Guardian, rail against the term, because the “term slut is so deeply rooted in the patriarchal “madonna/whore” view of women’s sexuality that it is beyond redemption.”

Meanwhile Chloe Angyal at Feminsting defends the use of the term by activists, explaining that the term “Slutwalk” has been incredibly successfully in getting women “angry and active and inspiring them” to take no more BS. The debate is a good one, but, all in all, it is nothing new to Jewish women who have long been subjected to stereotypes about their sexuality. I’m with Angyal, on Team Sluts - and here’s why.

Over the past decade or so, we have been relocated to the other side of the spectrum and now are considered, well, kinda slutty. For me, being a “slutty” JAP provided me with a way of thinking about my sexuality that is similar to that being encouraged by Slutwalks. It helped me not associate my sexuality with guilt or blame, but instead pointed me towards a yes-means-yes world of female sexual empowerment.

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