I'm putting it up because I think it's quite useful to read in the context of some of the discussion around SlutWalk. I've seen stuff that has focused on the word slut and whether or not that should be used, reclaimed, or not. Leonie's letter imho very effectively shifts the discussion from acknowledging that relatively minor issue to the bigger one of getting across what SlutWalk is about, rather than the language used to express it; i.e. No one ever asks for rape.
The Perspectives article headlined "Sex and feminists' new clothes" was accurate. Regrettably, women in sexually provocative clothes are likely to be objectified by men.
On Auckland's SlutWalk on June 25, some women will choose to wer sexually provocative clothes and others will not, but our nited message is against the rape myth that what women wear can be an invitation to rape.
Many rape myths are prevalent in New Zealand, and busting them is critical as a rape prevention measure and also so juries in rape trials are no longer influenced by these misogynistic and deep-rooted myths. "She invite him home", "she was walking in town late at night," "she had been drinking", therefore "she asked for it".
"Only yes means yes" is a slogan favoured by today's feminists emphasising the difficulties around consent to sex and the importance of both parties being clear about their intentions and needs.
SlutWalks from Toronto to Birmingham to Auckland are demanding we stop blaming rape victims and adopt the simple truth - "Men can stop rape".
Please note, the headline is picked by the Herald.