Women Protest In Underwear for Slut Walk March in Jerusalem

The march is known for its topless protests and has taken place in a number of cities around the world. In Jerusalem, many women stripped down to their underwear and wrote slogans on their bodies calling for an end to the rape culture.

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Hundreds of activists took to the streets of Jerusalem yesterday to march for women’s rights and to protest against sexual harassment in the ‘Slut Walk’. The scene was made up of women shedding their clothes and holding placards saying “No means no,” “Don’t tell us how to dress, tell men not to rape,” and “My body is solely mine,” which were written in both English and Hebrew.

The annual march, which has proved controversial in the past, was held with a police escort and passed off without incident. The Slut Walk is an international movement that was sparked in 2011 when a police officer stated that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised” during a speech to university students.

Today, the march is known for its topless protests and has taken place in a number of cities around the world. In Jerusalem, many women stripped down to their underwear and wrote slogans on their bodies calling for an end to the rape culture.

When women went topless in the march last year, police tried to force them to cover up. Jerusalem is a conservative city that is home to religiously observant Jews, Muslims and Christians.

“The word slut is a violent social tool designed to embarrass women and cultivate violence against women,” local media reported organisers as saying. “So we’ve claimed this word and taken away society’s ability to use it against us.”

Meanwhile, many other women wore revealing outfits, challenging the idea that a woman’s choice of clothing makes her a target for potential attackers.

The protesters gathered at Davidka Square, before marching along Jaffa Road and near religiously conservative Ultra-Orthodox Jewish areas such as Mahane Yehuda. In these areas of the city, women cover themselves in long robes.

Margaret, 23, told the AFP she was there to show that “all women and all men have the right to wear what they want… and that nobody has the right to touch or attack them for that.”

The protesters, mostly women but also men, explained that one of the purposes of the march was to call on public organizations and state-run institutions to take responsibility and action against the high assault rates in Israel. They cited that more resources should be allocated to victims of sexual abuse, and increase the punishment of sexual offenders.

The protesters then went on to explain that both the justice system and police take a forgiving stance towards sexual offenders, leaving women in the country unprotected against harassment and abuse, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, Anton Bielousov (CC BY 3.0)


 


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  1. So let me get this straight, do not want to be a sexual object, then you dress to become a sexual object. It goes both ways women, men are treated like sex objects when the have a nice body, aka six-pack, and takes his shirt off. The moment that happens, yall loose your shit in wanting to touch him and more. Double fucking standards right here.

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