On August 6, Michael and Linda joined Aishah Shahidah Simmons at the Philadelphia Slutwalk march and rally. "Slutwalk" is the name taken by a movement that began in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011, sparked by comments made by a Toronto constable in a crime prevention class that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." In response, a group of women organized the protest to challenge the notion that women's dress or behavior is the "cause" of sexual assault -- a victim-blaming mentality which the constable's comments demonstrate stubbornly persists today.
While many women who participated have struggled with the notion of marching under a banner that elevates a weighted word like "slut", the Slutwalk phenomenon gained supporters around the world, with walks occuring in cities from Kuala Lumpur, Rio, Mexico City, London, and Delhi.
Aishah gave a rousing speech at the rally after the march, which can be read in its entirety on Aishah's Tumblr page: No One Is Free While Others Are Oppressed ~ August 6, 2011 SlutWalk Philadelphia Speech.
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