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Tuesday August 16, 2011

Take a Look at Costa Rica’s Own “Slut Walk” (VIDEO)

Take a Look at Costa Rica’s Own “Slut Walk” (VIDEO)

Photo: Costa Rica’s Own “Slut Walk”

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For the first time ever in Costa Rica, and in response to a bishop’s remarks on modesty,  thousands of women marched to stop objectification and violence against women.

The title of the march might be a little misleading; a “Slut Walk,” or “Marcha de las Putas” has very little to do with “Putas” and more with outrage toward groups that blame sexual violence on the way women dress or act, and who promote in young women the idea that as a preemptive measure against rape, women must dress conservatively, enter public life “without imitating men,” strengthen their role at home as mothers and family members and create a more humane world by exercising creativity in the household.

At a ceremony in Cartago on August 2, as Costa Rica’s clergy celebrated in honor of the nation’s patron saint, the Virgen de los Angeles, Bishop José Francisco Ulloa called on women to dress “modestly” to not be “dehumanized” and “objectified.” Mexican Cardinal Francisco Robles, the proxy of Pope Benedict XVI at the event, said that a woman’s mission “does not consist in emulating men.”

Montserrat Sagot, a university professor and feminist leader, promoted the march via Facebook, and said more than 3,000 women confirmed their support, and showed up for Sunday’s march to show their support and condemn the ultra-conservative with banners with such slogans as “Don’t see Sluts where there’s only Free Women” and “Clothes and drinking don’t cause rape, RAPISTS cause rape.”

Costa Rica is the latest nation to host a “Slut Walk,” a increasingly popular protesting march which begun in Canada, and has had replicas in Great Britain, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras and Argentina.