Faces of Slut Walk 2011

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"We are proudly taking a stand against sexual violence and the bully tactics of victim-blaming, as we are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. This is not just a “women’s issue” nor is it just a “men’s issue”; it is everyone’s issue. We seek to challenge the thinking that it is acceptable to live in a victim-blaming society as we do, where we are taught “don’t get raped,” instead of, “don’t rape” - quote from Slut Walk SG FB page: http://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkSGKL

With this in mind I as a man, who is both appalled by the lack of progressive thinking within our society and the overall callous attitudes of the trolls against this movement,  went to see for myself last weekend what the Slut Walk movement was all about. I wanted to lend my support for what i saw as a continuation of the old civil rights movement, a call or a gentle reminder if you will, for the renewal of tolerance and acceptance within our society. Something I think many of us have forgotten about in these modern times. I decided to do this by putting a human face to Slut Walk.

This 2 part series, Faces of Slut Walk, is my way of showing you, the reader, that these are real people who stand for something good, not the misogynistic loose morals that the haters and a certain local newspaper would have you believe. This portrait series is about empowerment and understanding: That people are should not be afraid to be themselves and understand that rape is is an act of personal violation that people use as a tool to show power and dominance over another person. It is a horrible act that happens not because someone asks for it or deserves it as the shamers would want you to believe. Rape happens as a product of man's cruelty to man. It is a weapon. One that should be reviled and rightfully outlawed.

These portraits, are of real people, real faces, with real hopes and dreams...who want to break the cycle of violence and hatred that pervades our societal fabric, and their presence at this event sends that message. I hope you, my gentle reader can look at these portraits with no prejudgment and learn from the photos what Slut Walk really is about. And what people really stand for.

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For Part one of this series, please visit PublicHouse.sg

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