Slut Walk Toronto 2012

Some of the Dyke Marchers will be at SlutWalk today. Meet us between 5 and 5:30pm at the south-east corner of Nathan Phillips Square or find our banner and walk with us!

We walk.  Because enough is enough.  Because our desires and bodies as queer women are what make us powerful.

Why? Because being queer women and dykes makes us targets for heterosexist shaming. Our sexualities are

  • impossible, not capable of existing or existing only for the view of a male voyeur or as an imitation of hetero sex (especially with strap-ons)
  • deviant and therefore punishable by various types of violence, including gay bashing, verbal harassment, and ‘corrective’ rape
  • a freakish curiosity, and thus accessible, resulting in the typical invasive – and rude – questions: “can I watch?” and “how do lesbians have sex?”

Then, if we identify as bisexual, we are presumed to be unethically promiscuous and disease-ridden sluts by both queer and straight people.

We don’t walk. Because we can’t all march under the “banner of sluthood” equally.

Why not? Because some of us can’t reclaim the word slut because our cultures’ violence toward women’s sexuality doesn’t revolve around western conceptions of “slutiness.” Because “slut” is not a slur devoid of intersectional power dynamics that affect different racialized communities in very different ways. Using the term “slut” because of its market-ability does not change historical and present context of certain bodies being seen dirtier, second class, and thus more disposable and rape-able. Leading with our sexuality also reinforces the idea that western societies with a certain kind of sexual liberation are more evolved than many non-western societies.  There should be more marches against rape culture, not less. But the conversation also needs to be more nuanced and more focused on the communities whose experience with rape culture is harsher and deeply complicated by colonialism and white supremacy.

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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