There’s something about being underwater that’s incredibly sensual.
FIRST: BARE is having a bake sale on Friday, Sept 30th starting at 1pm in Case Center to raise money to supplement the cost of the bus to SlutWalk this weekend. There will be various delicious items and good company, so you should definitely stop by.
SECOND: I thought it would be appropriate to post the speech made by Salamishah Tillet at SlutWalk DC this past summer to inspire and invigorate those who are attending SlutWalk NYC this weekend. Salamishah Tillet is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania, and the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and the performing arts to end violence against girls and women. If this speech doesn’t get you going, I don’t know what else will!
Good afternoon, friends. Welcome, fellow feminists. I am honored to take back the street, to take back our bodies, to take back the word “Slut” with you. I say this, proudly, as a third-wave feminist and as a feminist of color. I stand here proud and defiant as a woman who is a rape survivor.
I stand here because too many people have been made afraid to share their stories of sexual violence and exploitation.
Because too many women and girls, who look like me, haven’t always been invited to marches like this. Because during slavery, black women, by law, were considered unrapeable. And stereotypes about their hyper-sexuality were used to justify their rape, their enslavement. After slavery, these stereotypes persisted. And were used to justify the rape of black women in the South. Who were domestics. Who were considered “Help.” Black women were America’s original sluts.
Today, our bodies and stories still don’t count. Crimes against us continue to be ignored.
I am here today because the New York Post gets away with calling Nafissatou Diallo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, a “hooker.” Because the New York Times gets away with describing an 11-year old Texas Latina girl, an alleged victim of gang rape, of “wearing makeup and fashion” like “a woman in her 20s.”
Cause young girls, and especially girls of color, are called Jumpoffs. Whores. Sluts. Almost everyday. By friends. By strangers. By parents. By police officers.
Cause when I took that long walk home after I was raped, my spaghetti strapped dress, was turned inside out. And I was afraid to go to the police and be told it was my fault. Scared of someone telling me that being trapped in a room wearing spaghetti strapped dress with a man who threatened my life wasn’t rape.
Today, I am here to take back women’s bodies. Reclaim our sexuality. Refuse stigma. Say “NO” to violence against women. Fight back against centuries old slut shamming.
I am here to make sure that no young woman, like the hundreds with whom my organization, A Long Walk Home, works, believes it was her fault she was raped.
I am here to make sure that no one ever believes that what a woman wears or doesn’t wear is cause for rape.
I am here to make sure that no boy judges a girl’s worth by what she will or will not do sexually.
I am here to imagine. To demand.
Today, we imagine that every woman, regardless of clothing or class, race or religion, job or age, lives in a world free of sexual harassment.
Today, we dream that every woman, regardless of clothing or class, race or religion, job or age, lives in a world free of sexual violence.
Today, we tell the world, the White House, our perpetrators, our parents, our lovers, our friends, OURSELVES, that we are part of a global revolution. We demand to be sexually free and to be politically equal. We refuse to be silent. We will not be ignored.
We are Sluts. Outlaws. Bad Girls.Patriots. Bad Freedom-Fighters. Feminists. Survivors.
We are SlutWalk.
Lastly, some more reading material that may help you answer the question we’ve all been wondering…What to Wear to a SlutWalk. Can’t wait to see Skidmore represented there!
At the meeting on 3/23 we dedicated the entire discussion to genitalia, a.k.a we talked about penises and vaginas on female, male, and transgendered bodies for an hour. What could be better?! We started off by watching some videos to show a variety of perspectives on genitalia.
We saw The Labiaplasty You Never Knew You Wanted to give us a look into the wide range of what Labias really look like and how our perceptions of them are skewed due to photo shopping of women in many magazines that show frontal nudity.
WARNING: there are some explicit surgery scenes of labiaplastys, so If you get queasy watching classic Nip/Tuck scenes, overt your eyes!
Next, we watched a short clip from the perfectly named Private Dicks), which showed testimonials of men talking about their penises and how their penis size effects their self esteem in and out of the bedroom.
Lastly, we perused the website of Buck Angel, one of the first female to male transgendered porn stars who identifies with the male gender as well as his vagina.
If you missed the discussion or have something else to add please comment about any of these videos or anything pertaining to the topic of genitalia! IF YOU ARE INSPIRED, SUBMIT SOMETHING ABOUT GENITALIA TO THE MAGAZINE!!!! A description, story, third person narrative from the perspective of your genitalia…..get creative!
Reminder: Deadline to submit is April 3rd, it’s VERY quickly approaching so get on it!
Skidmore is joining other colleges like Harvard and Rice University who also have sex publications on their campus. Take a look at their blogs and learn about their magazine’s to get inspiration for your own submission(s)!
Also, check out photographer Del LaGrace Volcano’s work! We looked at his FluidFire collection two weeks ago at a BARE meeting. What do you think? Post a comment below to start some dialogue!
Keep working on your submissions!! The Bake Sale was a big success by the way, lots of tasty treats were eaten and I think we all enjoyed the leftovers at the meeting tonight :)