Why I Support SlutWalk – Jessica Lee

This is from SlutWalk supporter Jessica Lee.

I’m a married, suburban housewife, and mother to two children, and I support slutwalk. I support slutwalk because…

I want my daughter to be able to assertively tell strangers that approach her that she doesn’t want to talk to them, without having to weigh up whether that might cost her safety. I want her to grow up in a world where she can decide how to use her body.

I want my son to know that he should never judge the value of a women by how many penises (or whatever else) she’s put in her mouth in her lifetime. I want him to grow up in a world where it’s not assumed that he just can’t help but rape someone if they’re wearing a particular outfit.

I don’t want my children to grow up being told how their bodies are allowed to be sexy; that a pair of heels a certain height, cleavage a certain depth, means that they should expect to be violently assaulted. That even something as completely non sexual as breastfeeding a baby should be done in a certain way because using our bodies is somehow seen to lower our value as people.

I want my children to grow up knowing that they are valued and loved, and that rape is never ok.

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