The San Jose Slut Walk (La Marcha de las Putas)

The ‘Slut Walk’ originated in Toronto, Ontario. Who say’s Canadian’s aren’t sexy? The ‘walk’ came as a reaction to comments made by a local constable, Michael Sanguinetti , who said “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Oddly enough, the idea that dressing sexy was the cause of rape didn’t engender a lot of support among women’s groups. And thus the first ‘Slut Walk’ was born on April 3, 2011, not long ago at all. Since then, in a very short time, there have been similar marches all over the world. Not to be out-done, San Jose had it’s own SlutWalk last Sunday, August 14. Being the kind of guy I am, I took my cameras down to Parque Central and got a close up look.

Let’s start with the bad news… I didn’t see ONE SINGLE WORKING GIRL there, at least none that I recognized. I did see several that could earn a living in the Del Rey, though. I got the general impression, however, that the women in the crowd were doing well enough with their finances that they didn’t need to hustle at the Rey to put gallo pinto on the table.

There were hundreds of people there, including more than a few gawkers, such as yours truly. There were probably as many men as women, or close to it. I had a girlfriend once who had a T shirt that read: “Any man who says he’s a feminist just wants to get laid!” And I suspect plenty of the guys that went with their lady friends to the march were rewarded. The T shirt isn’t totally accurate, in my opinion. It could easily have said “Any man who does or doesn’t say he’s a feminist just wants to get laid” and been equally correct. But I digress.

There was even a little partial nudity, as you can see in the video from 20 to 40 seconds in. In fact, there was a certain Halloween feel to the affair. There were a lot of different costumes. At one end of the spectrum there were some women (I assume) dressed in what looked like Islamic burquas, covered from head to toe with only a little eye slit to see out of. At the other end of the scale were several who would have been almost over the top in the Del Rey, dressed as they were with just a bra for a top. Now I can’t say what the women beneath the burquas looked like, but I can say that several of the women who wore minimal clothing looked pretty good. My impression was that this was an opportunity for those in ‘the movement’ who were attractive to show off a hot body and STILL not violate the feminist code of ethics, or the unwritten rules, or whatever you’d like to call it/them.

It went on from 10 am till a little after noon. I left a little after noon, as the Sun and being on my feet was getting to me. And I had pretty much gawked my fill at that point. I’m glad I didn’t go with the idea of finding a date for the afternoon. I saw several quite lovely women there, but I’m not quite delusional (or young and handsome) enough to approach any of the more attractive ones.

As to the message of the march, there were plenty of signs there. Some were directed at the Catholic Church for some of their policies regarding women. Others were anti-rape. The main message I got is that they didn’t want to be told what to do. The song in the video, Thalia’s “A Quien le Importa” is a pretty nice summary. My Spanish is a little sub-fluent, but I get the message. I first heard this in Arcadas Night Club, where it was what Susana, Instant Party Girl danced to. If your Spanish is even worse than mine, I’ll give a rough translation of the chorus:

Whose business is it what I do?
Whose business is it what I say?
I’m what I am
And that’s how I’ll stay
And I’ll never change

Right on, sister!

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Comments

  1. Rocketman says:

    What a nose for news Thomas! Looks like it was fun. Ya gotta love those Ticas. I'm of the opinion that rapists should be shot, hung, burned and then fed to the crocs. That should pretty well put an end to it. Just my opinion but they reflect badly on real men. It shouldn't make any difference what the girls wear. The option would eventually be burquas at the beach and that really wouldn't be much fun. Personally I enjoy girl watching in most venues. Keep up the good work.

    • thomasobrien says:

      One of the signs read: Picha violadora, a la liquadora (rapist dick… into the BLENDER!)