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Book Review: Kaitlyn Mendes’ “SlutWalk, Feminism, Activism, and Media.”

Kaitlyn Mendes’ “SlutWalk, Feminism, Activism and Media,” published in 2015. Photo courtesy of amazon.com.

Join me in this episode of the Book Review, where I analyze Kaitlyn Mendes’ “SlutWalk, Feminism, Activism and Media.”

The reclamation of hurtful words by groups seeking equality can be tricky. In Mendes’ “SlutWalk,” published in 2015, the movement is explained from its base in organized protest against rape culture. 

The movement began in 2011 after a Canadian police officer’s public statement that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” It became viral online before its first event in Toronto even occurred. 

That popularity, didn’t just come just from the movement’s feminist point of view, Mendes said, but from highly- publicized and scantily-clad protesters. Those protesters, she said weren’t the majority. SlutWalk organizer MJ Brodie implored the media to cover the march “properly,” by showing the broad range of people who attended “not just close ups of tits and ass.”

The book is, understandably, graphic. Even its first chapter recounts instances of rapes in countries all over the world, and statements about those rapes from male politicians in corresponding nations. Mendes called these statements, and the treatment of victims by the media a quote “second assault.” 

She said this public shaming of victims could explain widely-accepted research that shows 80 to 90 percent of rapes are never reported. 

Purchase the book on Amazon.com.

Read more about the movement: SlutWalk Movement

Posted by Sarah Jack (Kominek) on November 21, 2019

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