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article imageSlutWalk Toronto co-founder resigns

By Bryen Dunn     May 26, 2011 in Lifestyle
Toronto - One of the SlutWalk Toronto co-founders has resigned from her duties due to unforeseen pressures that followed the success of this event less than two months ago.
The SlutWalk Toronto event on April 3rd attracted thousands to the streets, generated interest globally, and has gone on to include dozens of similar events around the world. The shoulder-to-shoulder troops marched from Queen's Park to Police Headquarters at 40 College Street to bring light to an officer's comments labeling women and people most at risk of sexual assault as “sluts”,
SlutWalk has quickly become a mechanism for increased dialogue on victim-blaming, slut-shaming, misogynist and oppressive ideas that need to be challenged. These damaging ideas affect all of us and play into racist, ableist, homophobic discussions, discussions about status, class, sex work, indigenous rights and more that need to be challenged.
Obviously work still needs to be done as witnessed in this recent Youtube posting citing Ed Schultz's comments calling radio show host Laura Ingraham a "right wing talk slut".
This movement will still continue on without Barrett at the forefront, and she does promise, "I will still participate in SWTO, concentrating on the local aspect, primarily a PSA program against shaming and victim-blaming, and hoping to work with our Police force to help spread this word."
Read her departing words here.
Sonya JF Barnett - SlutWalk Co-Founder
Fed up with current media reports on the attack on women’s sexual health around Canada and the US, the incident at York University was the last straw that prompted Barnett into action. Though having little experience in demonstrations or political campaigning, she has always been vocal when coming to women’s sexual rights and freedoms. Already working with assertive people and expressing their sexuality through art, Barnett feels her experience in social media and community events can help spread the word that archaic attitudes toward sexuality need to be changed.
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