Monday, December 5, 2011

No Sluts Please, We're Singaporeans

Superman dresses like this
The good news is that SlutWalk Singapore had a better turnout than the Occupy Wall Street "protest" at Raffles Place. Still the reported 650 was a pale shade of the 10,000 that showed up for a Pink Dot celebration on 18 June 2011.

The bad news was that the ladies that were at Hong Lim Park on 4th Dec were all "staidly" dressed. Maybe it had to do with the dress code stipulated by the organisers - come as you are, whether in t-shirt and jeans, in fishnets, in a sari, in a jacket, or in a tudung. All the eager photographers who converged at the event venue had to contend with, nay, hope for a sighting of a wet t-shirt at least since the skies did sprinkle some showers of blessing intermittently.

Constable Michael Sanguinetti, who started it all when he dispensed grandmotherly advice at a York University safety forum by preaching that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimised,” would be a welcome male guest in most Asian homes. Especially those with female members yet to tie the wedding knot. Organizer Vanessa Ho even hid her active role in putting together SlutWalkSG from her from her parents "because of their conservative values". Just like some young women's choice of clothing are also kept secret from mom and dad, if they value the free board and lodging provide by same doting parents.

Women may or may not admit that they dress the way they do to attract men's attention. The difference comes about when the attention is welcomed, as in a eligible suitor of significant financial means, or unwelcome, as in the gawking stare of a casual road sweeper. Even Jimmy Carter confessed that he had an eye for the ladies as well as the White House, " I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times." Bill Clinton's weakness was a visible thong.

You don't need grandma to remind you to be streetwise, forewarned is forearmed. Even alpha males avoid walking into a dark cul-de-sac at Geylang since those fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are so damn realistic even in broad daylight. You don't want to lose an arm, or worse, just because of the right or freedom to wear whatever you want.

17 comments:

  1. This disclaimer should have been made by the organisers of the event.

    "You don't want to lose an arm, or worse, just because of the right or freedom to wear whatever you want."

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  2. Even the word 'sluts' is so derogative I'm not sure what the organizer or inventor of this movement was seriously thinking.

    I mean..do you see the men getting all lineup for "asshole" walk?
    Doesn't mean they are not around us everywhere. So why glam up this whole 'slutwalk"? If you want to help prevent would-be rape victims for being prejudiced, then there must be other words for it.

    anyway, i'm still glad they were given a ground to speak out for their views.

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  3. This is a copy-cat act from the West. Agree that the naming is most inapproapriate. I am not sure is there meaningful outcome from such an event. Think it is more for giving those who attended a chance to show-off their dresses which unfortunately did not seems to turn up that way!

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  4. Concur wholeheartedly!

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  5. "You don't want to lose an arm, or worse, just because of the right or freedom to wear whatever you want."
    Yeah, but the law is not going to let the guy who chopped your arm just walk away because you flaunt your Rolex after dark in some Geylang backlane. Judges have been known to be reluctant to convict when the rape victim was deemed to have brought the attack upon herself by inappropriate dressing.

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  6. @10:59: "Judges have been known to be reluctant to convict when the rape victim was deemed to have brought the attack upon herself by inappropriate dressing."

    Is that so? Can u quote an example in Singapore? I thought the Woman's Charter already tilt the balance towards favoring the females. Males are often treated as criminals with their photos published on the newspaper even before they are committed for molest or rape.

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  7. huh?? So women want the right to dress like sluts without the fear of being sexually assaulted? Yeah ok...

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  8. Singapore’s Evidence Act is based on the Indian Evidence Act of 1872, which was based on the English common law during that period.
    Section 157(d) states that:

    “The credit of a witness may be impeached in the following ways by the adverse party or, with the consent of the court, by the party who calls him:

    (d) when a man is prosecuted for rape or an attempt to ravish, it may be shown that the prosecutrix was of generally immoral character.”

    Two assumptions underlying Section 157(d) are that (1) a woman who is sexually experienced is less credible as a witness and (2) a woman who is sexually experienced is more likely to have consented to sexual activity.

    The implied “chastity” requirement, which is based on common law, is clearly outmoded and has been reversed by statute in most common law jurisdictions i.e. USA (1974), UK (1976), Hong Kong (1978), Malaysia (1988), Canada (1992), India (2002) and New Zealand (2006).

    Singapore is a laggard in this regard.

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  9. I think everyone misunderstood the police intended or unspoken message to the victim.
    Take a moment to imagine that you are in his shoes. His job put him at risks with all kinds of people and kinds of character from all walks of life. Hookers, sluts and sexy women are no exception. Imagine if he has to raid a massage parlor or patrol red light district etc. Wouldn't any man in his shoes be subjected to undue sexual stress? And what do you think some of these men will do to release sexual stress? 

    Guilt!

    Asking women to tone down on sexiness in offices and schools is not new. Obviously, it bothers men and women if their colleagues dress inappropriately. But this rule cannot be imposed outside office spaces. 

    What can policemen do? Some probably resort to scare tactics.

    And the whole unspoken message has been twisted or screwed to justify sexual liberation for women.

    Well, your ministers,principals,bosses,clergymen,wives,fanatics etc etc are STRESSED.

    You walk around with see through blouse without a bra, you are going to be SACK or CONDEMNED! Understand?

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