Slutwalking

by John Hayward

slutwalk‘Too many overprotected middle-class girls have a dangerously naïve view of the world. They fail to see the animality and primitivism of sex, historically controlled by traditions of religion and morality now steadily dissolving in the West. … When it devalued motherhood, Western feminism undermined women’s most ancient claim to dignity. Sluttishness as fact or metaphor cannot restore that lost mythic power.’ (Camille Paglia in yesterday’s Sunday Times)

As the photo to the right makes clear, the new ‘slutwalking’ protest movement is not just about feminism or even just women’s rights. And, as the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke recently discovered, when comments he made were taken to suggest that some rapes were less serious than others, the whole area of sexual violence is a potential minefield. Nevertheless, here is some food for thought concerning the responsibilities of both sexes and the global ‘slutwalk’ phenomenon that came to London at the weekend, sparked by Toronto policeman Michael Sanguinetti’s comment to a group of students during a talk on health and safety that women should ‘avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised’:

‘If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.’ (Matthew 5:29)

‘Give to everyone what you owe them: … if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour.’ (Romans 13:7)

‘None of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone … Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling-block or obstacle in your brother’s way.’ (Romans 14:7-13)

‘Take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.’ (1 Corinthians 8:9)

‘Though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. … To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. … I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.’ (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

‘Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness — with good works.’ (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

‘Treat older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.’ (1 Timothy 5:2)

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June, 2011

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