1. It alienates current victims
The slutwalk isn’t going to make any difference in India. There. I put it in writing. Men will not stop staring or touching, unasked. Women will not start fighting for their rights.
The women who will participate in the slutwalk are already the ones that speak up and fight. In order to further the cause, other women need to be encouraged. And they won’t be if you’re asking them to shed their clothes. A cause must be in sync with its victims. This one is more of a spectacle, giddily forgetting the hapless women who have a hard time even glaring back at the offender, much less shed their t-shirts in protest.
2. It will be seen as just a silly tantrum
A cause that is both serious and a social stigma, needs sensitivity and a powerful argument. The slutwalk is a tantrum. And like most tantrums, it will be either ignored or seen as a nuisance.
Is that what we want to do to a cause that traumatizes millions of women?
Is that what we want to do to women’s right to be respected?
I believe that this overzealous endeavour will harm more than it will benefit the cause. It alienates the cause, the shame, the unease, the ruthlessness of inequality. It makes it so easy to dismiss a serious cause. It makes it okay for a man to wave his hand and say ‘pagal ho gayin hain’. That is the danger. Sexual harassment is traumatic. Shedding our clothes and making a point against it sounds too much like a marketing tactic with complete disregard for the objective.
3. It takes too long a stretch to make the connection
In a world where it’s hard for a man to make the connection between ‘no’ and ‘need to stop touching her’, I think it’s laughable to expect him to think: Scantily clad women > slutwalk > to make it okay to wear what they want > to not touch or ogle > to be a nicer man
And with that I rest my case. Any debates are welcome.