SlutWalk is hitting Perth this week to raise awareness of the tendency to blame the victims of sexual assault.

And the word slut is making even some participants uncomfortable. What’s behind the term? Where does it come from, and can it be reclaimed?

We’re joined by SlutWalk organiser Beth Castieau on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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SlutWalk Perth
http://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkPerth

The origins of SlutWalk
http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/03/the_origins_of_slutwalk_toronto/
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/a-rally-to-find-the-slut-in-everyone-20110528-1f9w3.html

It’s already happened in Sydney:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/slutwalk-turns-apathy-into-action-on-sex-attacks-20110612-1fzaf.html?from=smh_sb

Where does the word come from?
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=slut

It’s not just Toronto police blaming women for rape. Islamic muftis have been into it for years. Uncovered meat, anyone?
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/muslim-leader-blames-women-for-sex-attacks/story-e6frg6nf-1111112419114