Making a Difference
Making a difference begins with educating ourselves, questioning motives and critically examining the answers we find. “We must will ourselves to be aware of the sexual double standard and of how we lapse into slut-bashing on an everyday level. If we become aware of our behavior, then we will have the power to stop”. (Tananbaum, 2000, pg.240)
Parents need to be open about sexuality with their kids. Teach boys and girls that we all have sexual feelings and that they are normal for everyone. Do not set are sons or daughters up to blindly accept notions of sexual inequality.
Adults/Teachers cannot turn a blind eye to bullying of any type in schools.
Stop calling women “sluts”! Question the motives behind the language…why do we feel the need to name call and label? Just because you have chosen to live your life by your own set of rules, does not mean that your rules apply to everyone else.
Women must rally together. In order to stop the perpetuation of slut shaming…we must stop being the perpetrators. “The way to keep a group oppressed (i.e. women) is to divide and conquer.”(Chemaly, 2011)
Jarvis, co-founder of "SlutWalk" talks about the movement: http://www.thegridto.com/city/people/heather-jarvis-slutwalk-co-founder/
SlutWalk Calgary: http://slutwalkcalgary.blogspot.ca/
Anti-Bullying Day: http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/
Take back the Night Calgary: http://www.tbtncalgary.com/
We Day (youth leading local & global change): http://www.weday.com/
On September 7th, 2012 Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old Vancouver teen posted this video entitled My Story: Struggling with Bullying, Suicide and Self Harm. On October 10th, 2012 Amanda committed suicide in her home after suffering years of slut shaming and cyber-bullying.