Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Slut Walks





Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club had their meeting yesterday, and thirty people came. As usual, it was an evening of riotous fun and I particularly enjoyed listening to feedback from Alice Ong, who as the Table Topics Evaluator, infused it with much humor. Her one-liners had me struggling to keep a straight face because she was so hilarious! When Alice speaks, you don’t need to have a Humor Master anymore since she is good at keeping her audience in stitches! Assignment speeches and evaluations were generally stimulating as well as stirring. And yes, I was again voted the Best Evaluator. I evaluated Ho Fong Ming’s CC speech # 8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids. But honestly, folks, I would happily surrender all the ribbons and certificates I have received if I can win just once at the division (I don’t care whether it is Divisions B, C, G or P) and/or district level Evaluation contest. Sigh!

Anyway, I enjoyed the meeting and I would give it a score of 8 over 10! It’s a Taman Indrahana meeting after all.

About two hundred people turned up for the Slut Walk in Sydney, Australia on Monday, shunning lingerie due to cold weather but nonetheless hammering home their message with banners reading 'Proud and happy slut' and 'Blame rapists not boobs'. As one organizer told marchers: “We're here today to declare that slut-shaming and victim-blaming have to stop".

Image credit: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/gallery/gallery-e6frewxi-1226074432890?page=2

Image credit: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/gallery/gallery-e6frewxi-1226074432890?page=11

And on Sunday, demonstrators in Mexico City, Mexico, who organized largely over social media, said they were protesting a pervasive macho culture that too often faults women for aggressions against them. This, in a country where the mayor of a small west coast town had proposed banning miniskirts to prevent teen pregnancy, and in a city where hit-and-run spankings of women are not uncommon.

Image credit: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/9630759/slutwalk-happens-in-mexico-city/

The "Slut Walk" to protest violence and harassment against women also took place in other Latin American cities, including Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Tegucigalpa (below photo), Honduras on Saturday.

Image credit: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Lifestyle/Story/STIStory_679370.html

We can expect to see more Slut Walks worldwide on a regular basis.

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