Take the SlutWalk to Boston

The Slut Walk came to Boston Saturday.

It followed on the heels of a similar event in Toronto earlier this month, where women rallied in response to a comment made by a representative of the police that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised". One of their goals, apparently, is to reclaim the word slut and take away its power.

But the focus on "reclaiming" the word slut fails to address the real issue. The term slut is so deeply rooted in the patriarchal "madonna/whore" view of women's sexuality that it is beyond redemption. The word is so saturated with the ideology that female sexual energy deserves punishment that trying to change its meaning is a waste of precious feminist resources.

When they're done reclaiming the word slut, I wonder what people will call sluts.