Monday, April 4, 2011

in the news

you may or may not have heard about the slut walk that went on in toronto this weekend.  the walk was in response to constable michael sanguinetti's comment in January that women should "not dress like sluts" in order to avoid sexual assault.  the message of the walk was that a way a woman dresses does not determine whether or not she will be sexually assaulted.

initially, when i heard about this comment, i was outraged.  then after hearing about it 10 thousand times, i was like enough already.  it was a poor choice of words, and if he meant it he's an idiot.  end of story.  if the guy hadn't used the word slut it would have been the last we ever heard about his comment.  in a way, bringing this sensitive issue to the forefront isn't such a bad thing.  i work in a male dominated environment:  about 35 - 8 and the number of females just grew substantially.  anyway, one of the principles brought it up with me in the lunch room.  he said, and i agreed, that the whole thing was being blown out of proportion.  and then he went on to say that sanguinetti had a point.  i can somewhat understand that dressing provocatively can send the wrong message, but under no circumstance should a woman be blamed for a man not being able to control himself.  that is sickening.  we stated our pov's and agreed to disagree.  a few months go by, and the paper on the lunchroom table has a picture of a woman in a dress - the article talks about the upcoming slut walk.  the debate in the lunchroom today is: what makes an outfit "slutty?"   everyone had a different idea of what it might be.  you can read more about the slut walk that took place in toronto this sunday here.  or by doing a google search if it interests you.  i'm not a huge fan of the name but i'm happy that women are standing up for themselves.  i don't think it's an issue that should be taken lightly.


in other news: i read an article on blogTO recently... Should the TTC ban eating on its vehicles?  which is a question i ask myself on a daily basis.  the subways, streetcars and buses are all littered with wrappers and food debris.  not only is it gross to be around, but i always think about who has to clean this up? i wonder how our lives have become so busy that we have to eat while in transit?  just the other day i was encountered by a woman driving towards me with her head down.  texting i thought, as she approached it turned out that she was staring at the salad in her lap that she was in the midst of eating. 

the blogTO article was in response to a video of an altercation between 2 women on a new york subway.  i have posted the video but you may have to log in to youtube to view it.  it was actually disturbing to watch. 

i'm not convinced that banning something is the solution to any problem.  in history, people always find a way around the whatever is banned.  and when i think about it, i have no idea how the ttc might enforce it.  especially considering the number of stations that have fast food right inside the station.  but in terms of a solution, i can't really think of anything....  the real problems are difficult to address.


Andrea said...

whoa! All over a little food on the train?

Anonymous said...

ohooo... she did use the word "animals" yikes!