SlutWalk Protestors Take Over Florida International University (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Florida International University students, faculty, and women's rights supporters collectively popped Miami's cherry yesterday with the city's first ever SlutWalk, informing Magic City residents that enough is enough.

Originating in Canada, the SlutWalk movement began as a response to a statement by a representative from the Toronto Police Department; a statement which demonstrated the prevailing rape culture mentality in modern society. When the police representative made a public statement blaming sexual assault on the way women dress, five women decided to fight back.

See also:
- SlutWalk in Miami: FIU Students March to Reclaim the Term "Slut"

FIU's chapter of the National Organization of Women decided that Miami needed its own SlutWalk. Unlike the founders of the movement who also believe in reclaiming the word slut in order to strip it of its power, Gabriella Bonilla, president of FIU's NOW chapter, stated that she thinks the word should not be used at all.

"I don't want to reclaim that word. I would never call anyone a slut. I would never call you a slut, my mother a slut, my friends sluts. I want people to stop using that word."

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Grad student Carol Roman and senior Matthew Lynn.

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Protestors gathered at FIU's Freedom Fountain before the march,
Whether that sentiment was shared by everyone doesn't matter, because the protestors were in agreement that there is no excuse for sexual assault. "No means no" was the general sentiment being relayed, as protestors took up protest signs and chanted in unison.

The crowd consisted of people from all age groups, ethnicities, and races. Men were also out in abundance, declaring that "real men don't rape."

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Sophomore, Angelica-Joy Dumervil.

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Can you guess which celebrities have been raped?
The march made its way around the perimeter of the school's south campus, NOW officers leading the group, using megaphones to get their message across. It's unlikely that they've eradicated the term slut from Miami's consciousness, but they certainly did make a statement.

Read on for more photos from SlutWalk at FIU.

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Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus

11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

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29 comments
Pinkpoui
Pinkpoui

Convince in educated language, NOT with your bodies ladies.  As FIU alumni, I have to say I feel ashamed.  The whole approach is juvenile and trite.

Johnny Morris
Johnny Morris

David Chapelle, like Chris Rock, certainly has a way with words

sigridtanaka
sigridtanaka

Its like a dumbed down version of "take back the night"... losing hope in the next generation of feminism.

slutwalk
slutwalk

"Unlike the founders of the movement who also believe in reclaiming the wordslut in order to strip it of its power, Gabriella Bonilla, president of FIU's NOW chapter, stated that she thinks the word should not be used at all.

"I don't want to reclaim the word" "

Isn't that the whole point of slut walk?  Way to co-opt a movement.

patio305
patio305

on another note, topless jihad is a way better protest than this one.

patio305
patio305

ironically, 90% of people who call women sluts are other women...

Barbara Schultz
Barbara Schultz

Everyone has a different way of speaking . . . and a different audience.

Ezequiel Galan
Ezequiel Galan

Let's bring attention to our cause by using our bodies, what could possibly go wrong?

DanLopez42
DanLopez42

@Anthonyvop1: What's cute about it?

@alexdillon1337:  Since "they" don't "get the point," why don't you explain it?

@Gary McFly: They didn't say they don't want "the D," they just don't want YOUR D.

@Gil Lopez: Yes, you are right... protesting against blaming VICTIMS for their own RAPE is dumb.  In a civilized society, you would think such a protest would not be necessary.

Gil Lopez
Gil Lopez

This is about the dumbest protest i've ever heard of.

billypuntovefb
billypuntovefb

these comments make me sick.

A million high fives to the ladies and gents protesting. 

Wish I didn't have to be in class at the time of the walk.

Steven S Wells
Steven S Wells

I think Alex has a disconcerting attitude about women.

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

They say they don't want the D but will end up making booty calls after the parade

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Everyday is slutwalk in Miami....

alexdillon1337
alexdillon1337

look at all these sluts! 

sigh....women will never get the point.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Women protesting?  


Isn't that cute?



Gabbiebo
Gabbiebo

@slutwalk

That is one perspective of the SlutWalk. Some women want to demonstrate that there can be pride in “being a slut”. But let’s talk definitions: What does the word slut even mean, and why is it so gender specific? And, when is it appropriate to “reappropriate” words? Slut, to me, is a woman who is feels comfortable and free in her body and with her sexuality. The word slut was created for shaming women’s sexuality, so reappropriating isn’t conducive for a safer and rape-free environment. Reclaiming back pejorative labels originally is for people who use the same word to identify with, but at some point dominant culture assigned negative and derogatory value, and therefore “take it back” because it was theirs to begin with. So, what’s the use in the word anyways? Dominant culture created this term to shame and marginalize sexualized women. The culture of Miami is very geographically and politically particular consisting of people of color- a giant melting pot of different ethnicities- and considerably people of minority groups. Why would I try to incite a movement that a) is exclusive to its own community constituents, and b) uses language that is used to marginalize and devalue women? Focusing on whether it’s good or bad to take back the word slut is distracting to the very core of the SlutWalk movement; the rape culture is very much alive, and we need to be focusing on how we can change the way society facilitates sexual violence and how our language frames the way we treat and talk about women. And it’s definitely important to create solidarity within the feminist movement- aren’t we both advocating for equality and stopping violence against women?

-Gabriela Bonilla

sizemore
sizemore

@Gabbiebo  your use of "dominant culture" and "rape culture" are really problematic.  it all sounds really obscure first of all. furthermore, you seem to suggest that the dominant culture and rape culture are one in the same. that seems far from the reality. 

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