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SlutWalk Asheville: Fashion Gets Political

SlutWalk 2011 in Asheville, NC (Credit: AskAsheville)

Last Friday I attended SlutWalk Asheville which was inspired by a growing movement that began with SlutWalk Toronto. The Toronto event came about because of advice from the Toronto police to not dress like sluts in order to avoid sexual assault.

Since sexual assault is both wrong and illegal no matter how the victim is dressed and since, more broadly, we cannot be truly free until we are free to be who we are, I supported the event even though I would not call myself a slut. I'm writing about this at Asheville Fashions because it was a public political fashion event taking place downtown at Vance Monument so it fits. However, even though lots of people were taking pics, being a bit older and feeling a bit out of place, it also felt voyeuristic to take them but our voyeuristic media world took care of that for me!

Here are some great pics by Erin Brethauer that ran in the NewarkAdvocate.

A local ABC affiliate videotaped some footage that made national news. It's preceded by a long ass commercial and incorrectly labeled, "Scantily clad women raise awareness for sexual assault", given that men clearly participated and not everyone was scantily clad. Is that the superior mainstream media coverage journalists are always babbling about?

The local affiliate's coverage gives a bit more context and leads with a shorter commercial.  You local guys are never going to move up if you don't learn to misrepresent events to increase attention like the national media!

Since everybody has an opinion about how to stop rape, I'll leave you with a favored slogan of a former friend, Gini Web: "Whack it off!"

Bonus:
The 30 Best Signs At Slutwalk Toronto


Apologies for My Absence But I'm Blogging Elsewhere

When I started this blog, I made a clear choice not to take it in the direction of a business, so given that I'm having to focus on making that paper, it's going to be neglected. That's too bad but that's real.

I'm currently developing a site that I hope will become really big. It's called All World Dance: World Dance News and it's kind of my return to the dance world after many years absence. I expect to be at full steam by next week.

I'm also doing some blogging at Hypebot, the leading U.S. music industry blog, and I'm keeping a regularly updated list of my posts at Flux Research, my business writing hub.

On that note, I am available for freelance writing assignments and would love to be doing more local work.

Please contact me at:
clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com


After the Parade: Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

Facebook: Asheville Mardi Gras

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

YouTube Video: 2011 Asheville Mardi Gras Parade

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

YouTube Slideshow: Mardi Gras Asheville 2011

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

flickr: Asheville Mardi Gras, March 6, 2011

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

In Focus multimedia: Asheville Mardi Gras Parade 2011

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

The Laurel Of Asheville Magazine: Asheville Celebrates Mardi Gras 2011

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

Image Asheville: Asheville Mardi Gras – 2011

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

Mountain Xpress: Party like it’s Mardi Gras... because it is!

 

Mardi Gras in Asheville, March 6, 2011

 

Pics by Clyde, Links to Community Coverage.