Katie McLaughlin writes (and I follow) one of the best blogs on the Internet about learning to get in balance with one's body, self-acceptance, and, yes, HEALTH, over at Health for the Whole Self. She's kindly allowed me to guest on her blog with an update from Slutwalk LA.
One of the most horrible things that happens to young (and not so young) women is that we are expected to be pretty, attractive, and sexy - and at the same time, blamed if we are too sexy. Called sluts, and possibly sexually assaulted. Then blamed by police, even friends and family, for being sexually assaulted.
Yet, on the other hand, if we dress modestly, if we choose not to engage in sexual activity... we're told to loosen up. Not be so uptight. (And not any safer from sexual assault, either.) We're constantly put in a lose-lose situation.
Slutwalk is about calling bullshit on these crazy pressures, and saying, from now on, we will decide what we do with our own bodies. And we won't let anyone make us feel ashamed.
For more on Slutwalk LA, please click over to Health for the Whole Self.