A few months back I wrote an article decrying the “Slut Walks” which were taking place across the country. It led to a huge debate, and tempers passionately flared.
It began when a police officer had apparently told a group of students that if they wanted to protect themselves against sexual predators they should not dress like “sluts”. People were outraged. “How dare he say such a thing?” So a group of women in Toronto got together and staged a “Slut Walk”. An article supporting it in one of our major newspapers even went as far as to show what the middle aged columnist would be wearing to the event: a Furstenberg dress and Chanel brooch. Be realistic, that’s not what our young women are wearing.
Regardless, these women who walked were heralded for “freeing” our sex and defining us as equals, and “Slut Walks” have since be held in many western countries.
But it strikes me as curious that those same women are now furious about a picture in a
French Vogue Magazine. It portrays a young girl, in a dress, heavily made up and laying on a couch. The very same outspoken newspaper columnist, who said our girls should be allowed to wear anything they want, is now screaming that they’re sexualising young women and this shouldn’t be allowed.
She actually says “sex isn’t about nudity necessarily. It’s all about signals, the kind that a little girl doesn’t know she’s sending out to freaks for judgment.”
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say it’s fine for a 16 year old to present herself this way, yet it’s obscene for a 10 year old. Bottom line is, our girls, no matter what age, are precious and need to be protected.
So what are we going to do about it?