Jerusalem SlutWalk 2013 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Dozens protesting violence against women took to the streets Friday in
Jerusalem’s second annual Mitzad Sharmuta (SlutWalk).
During the march,
demonstrators chanted slogans such as “rape is not legitimate if I wear a mini
[skirt],” and “my body is mine alone,” and “no, means no. Which part of no! no!
no! did you not understand?” SlutWalk has become a worldwide movement, working
to challenge mind-sets and stereotypes of victim-blaming and
According to a statement on the event’s Facebook page, the
goal of the march is to eradicate the blame placed on victims of sexual
harassment, no matter how one dresses.
“The essence is not to dress
provocatively, but to dress in any way you want,” the post continued addressing
both men and women to arrive wearing any desired variety of
Police originally denied a license for the march and it was
approved at the last minute after intervention by Meretz MK Michal
The demonstration was inspired by a group of Canadian women who
held the first SlutWalk protest in Toronto two years ago in response to a male
police officer’s comment that if women want to avoid being attacked they should
not dress like sluts.
In April, hundreds arrived to the Tel Aviv
rendition of the march.