YAL MTSU Marches against Victim Blaming

October 2nd, the MTSU chapter of YAL attended, tabled at, and was an official ally of the Nashville Slutwalk.

The … what? Slutwalk is an international movement to fight the blaming of the victims of sexual abuse and violence for the actions taken against them. It was started after a police officer in Canada told a classroom of girls that if they didn’t want to get raped then they should not dress like “sluts.”  But the fact of the matter is that women and men are abused and raped everyday irrespective of what they are wearing.

Slutwalk is a controversial event, even amongst feminists, but from a libertarian perspective sponsoring the event made perfect sense. Given that we all own our bodies, it would be utterly perverse to blame someone for violation of their right to self-ownership.

stop v blamingThe message of the event was instead of solely teaching people how to avoid getting raped, they ought to be taught not to rape.

Everyone wore what ever they wanted to. Some chose to dress provactively, while others wore ordinary clothes some holding signs saying, “This is what I was wearing when I was raped. Did I deserve it?” [1] [2]

Some higher quality photos of the event were taken by Chris M. Scruggs.

Eric Sharp, Galadriel Robinson, and Kristen Breaux also took the opportunity before and after the march to educate the attendees about individualist feminism, which is also known as libertarian feminism.

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We passed out copies of Wendy McElroy’s Individualist Feminism: A Voice for Gender Sanity , Eric Sharp’s THL article 4th Wave: A Struggle For Gender Liberty, McElroy’s history of Individualist Feminism in the 19th Century, information about the Association of Libertarian Feminists, YAL’s Pocket Constitutions, The Economics of Freedom: Selected Works of Frederic Bastiat, and had McElroy’s Liberty and Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century book published by the Independent Institute about individualist feminism on display as well.liberty for women
We also had an article about Ron Paul and Ralph Nader proposing a left/libertarian alliance to show common ground with progressive attendees.

That, afterall, was another important reason to participate in the event. To reach out to a left-leaning crowd and show that libertarians are not the bad guys, and bring the message of liberty and individual rights to people who may have never heard it before. Some of us may not have become libertarians had someone else not done the same.

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