Grassroots activists in Hamilton want to redefine the word “slut.”
The movement to protest the culture of victim-blaming began in Toronto where the first SlutWalk was organized to protest a police officer's comment that to avoid being sexually assaulted women should not dress like “sluts.”
These marches have since been organized around the world and one will hit the streets of Hamilton in two weeks.
Local freelance writer Lindsay Hutton and York University student Nikki Wilson connected over the “SlutWalk Hamilton” Facebook page and came together last month with two other founding members to organize the walk, which will take place June 5.
“The word slut is used to make women feel uncomfortable about how they're presented to the world and to shame (them), and make them feel they need to police their bodies and police their sexualities in the way they express themselves,” said Wilson, 22, who is from Hamilton.
“We want the word slut to represent a person who is confident in their sexuality, somebody who likes sex and isn't afraid of talking about that, who isn't afraid of expressing that.”
According to SlutWalk Hamilton's Facebook page, more than 800 people are planning on attending the march, which will begin at City Hall at 2 p.m. and then go into Hess Village and end at the Central Police Station.