“Feminist HerStory” Slutwalk SF Fundraiser
Friday, August 24, 5pm – 7pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
SlutWalk is a feminist movement that is led by women of all races, class backgrounds, abilites, and sexual orientations. It began after a comment made by a police officer in Toronto, Canada during a safety demo on a school campus in 2011. Michael Sanguinetti, the police officer, was explaining to the female students that if they don’t want to get raped then they should, “avoid dressing up like sluts.” A group of women had enough with this mentality that society deems as “okay” and held a protest in front of the Toronto police department. Thousands of participants showed up to protest, and since then other SlutWalk marches have spread throughout the globe including one in SF. Slutwalk SF is having another march this year on September 8th at Dolores Park.
Along with the march, SlutWalk hopes to do more outreach, community service, and educate the public on rape culture and slut shaming. All the organizers of SlutWalk around the world believe that a woman should not be belittled for the way she dresses or acts, or who she sleeps with or doesn’t sleep with. Women should not have to live in a state of fear of being raped, or getting their rights taken away as we see in the current political climate. There are many goals SlutWalk SF has, some including to hold law enforcement and the criminal justice system accountable for decisions in sexual assault cases and to challenge proposed legislation that would have a negative impact on efforts to hold perpetrators of sexual assault accountable for their actions.
The focus of this fundraising event is to talk about different aspects and events in women’s history as well as in the everyday lives of women that are ignored in textbooks in regards to feminism and feminist history. We want to give voice to those typically marginalized aspects and groups. This event is looking back at Feminists’ HerStory while looking forward as well.
Historically, the feminist movement has marginalized the voices of lesbians, trans* women, women with disabilities, and women of color. The focus of this event is to shed a light on these voices through presentations and performance.
“Feminist HerStory” will be interpreted in ASL. The Center for Sex and Culture is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for other accessibility needs.