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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


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.

 


Tribe of the Vandals: Evening of Fashion & Performance

NiziTapi Designs: Jewelry by T'wana Scott

Tribe of the Vandals

A Gentle Override of Systematic Thought
Featuring a Choice Selection of Creative Ashevillains

At the Hole N Da Wall
44 S. Market St. off Eagle St.
Friday, March 25th, 9 pm, $8

Ill Attire Required:
From Black Tie to Outfits from Otherspace

Please RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

Fashions by The Costume Shoppe, Vintage Moon, Royal Peasantry.

The Empathic Seperatist ft. Jewelry by T'wana Scott

Participants [List In Progress]:

T'wana Scott - Production Vessel, Performer

Belle Thibodaux - Mime and Costumer

Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks - Music

Britta Filter - Dancer

Carolyn Rhine - Piano

Chach - MC'ing

Cory Foht - Video & Photography

Daniella Miller - Singer

Deva - MC & Dancer

Ingrid Hall - Dancer

Jared Carman - DJ & Sound

Jerry Pearey - Dancer

Johnny Sexx - Musician

Justin Eugene Jones - Singer

Lauren Bacchus - Lighting

Malachai Achilles - Spoken Word

Michelle Iacobucci - Singer

Mindy Carson - Photo & Video Documentation

Muriel Ring - Flyer Art

Santos - Singing and Spoken Word

Sean - Trumpet

Simran - Singing in Hindi

Tessa - a Japanese Dance for Suffering People

And more to be announced!

Additional publicity by Clyde Smith.

Thanks go out to Ashvegas and Mountain Xpress.

Related Asheville Fashions Coverage:
My Favorite Ashevillain: T'wana Scott