Slut Walks in Iceland

This Saturday saw Iceland join the international SlutWalk phenomenon — a reactionary parade calling for sexual assault to be blamed on the abusers and not the victims; however they choose to dress.

SlutWalks took place in Reykjavik, Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjanesbaer on Saturday.

The international SlutWalk movement began earlier this year in Toronto following Michael Sanguinetti, the city police chief’s comment that women should avoid dressing “like sluts” to avoid becoming the victims of rape.

Women in Toronto were angered by the comment and decided in April to dress up as ‘sluttily’ as possible and march through the streets. The Icelandic marches had the same goal: to highlight the prejudice that exists and is reflected in some people’s emphasis on rape victims’ attire, rather than the perpetrators’ motives.

Participants in the walk carried placards with phrases, including: “The state is the rapists’ best friend” and “This is a dress, not ‘yes'”.

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