SlutWalk started in Toronto in February 2011 as a response to Constable Michael Sanguinetti’s statement at a York University safety forum that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” This sparked a backlash which has resulted in SlutWalk groups forming all over the world — from Seoul to New York City to Helsinki to Delhi to Johannesburg — to protest a culture that blames victims for rape, and to challenge the attitudes that come with that, which usually leave sexual crimes under-reported as a result. We recognise that we need to not only put a stop to acts of sexual violence, but also to excuses that allow such violence to continue. For more info visit: http://slutwalksg.com/
The Substation is hosting series of fringe workshops, talks and discussions on Saturday 3 December.
For the line-up, please see below.
Workshops, Talks & Discussions
2pm – Talk
Exploring Sex, Sexuality, and Intimacy
By Sexologist Dr Martha Lee
Sex, sexuality and intimacy are distinct terms which are often used interchangeably. This session aims to explore the difference between them, before discussing what owning your sexuality means, and the ways one can better understand/enhance one’s sexuality.
3:20pm – Talk
SPARKS* Action for AIDS’s response to combating HIV/AIDS
By Avin Tan
Knowledge coupled with action can make a difference, and the SPARKS* programme is designed to arm you with basic HIV/AIDS knowledge and how you can play your part to stop HIV/AIDS. You will also learn why there is stigma & discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS, and have some myths debunked.
4:40pm – Talk
Promoting Consent, Preventing Coercion: What Men & Women Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault
By gender equality advocacy NGO AWARE
Explores the law on sexual assault in Singapore, myths of sexual assault, and outlines steps men and women can take to prevent or intervene in sexual assault in Singapore.
6pm – Roundtable Discussion
Coordinated by the Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance (SinQSA)
Keynote speakers: Wong Pei Chi, Dr. Ingrid Hoofd, and Alex Serrenti
An intellectual roundtable discussion on the freedom to gender identity and its alleged complicities in crime and victim-blaming, it also aims to elevate discussion on feminist and gender identity advocacy in Singapore, with two main topics for discussion:
1. Drawing the lines between crime, victim-blaming, risk management and ‘complicity’ in crime: how may we, as advocates, best articulate ourselves to effect change in mindsets here?
2. SlutWalk — actual empowerment and reclamation, or a continual espousal of male-centric ideas of femininity?
7:20pm – Mini-lecture and Discussion
SlutWalkSG: Local Relevance, Global Challenges facilitated
By Dr Joel Gwynne
Exploring questions such as: How is SlutWalkSG different compared to SlutWalk as a global movement?
Why are Singaporeans becoming involved with SlutWalk?
Do women in Singapore experience sexuality differently to women in the West?
How do ideas about multiculturalism and multiracialism affect attitudes to women’s sexuality?
In an apparently ‘post-feminist’ world, what challenges do we face when attempting to make sexual assault and sexual labeling a relevant and crucial social issue?
**Limited to 20 participants only. Please register with Dr Gwynne directly at email@example.com
8:40pm – Workshop
Policing Desire and the Whore Stigma by sex workers’ outreach initiative Project X
Anyone can be labeled as a whore/slut if she steps ‘out of Line’. And if you’re labeled a whore/slut, you’re less than human and warrant being treated less than human. As such, some key questions we aim to unpack include:
Who constructs these forms of control?
How do these forms of control manifest and what are its implications?
How do we take back control over our minds and bodies?