I’ve Been Engaged By The Trolls! Damn.

I guess I drew the attention of the organizers of this so-called “Slutwalk Tehran” because of my last post signal boosting Tiara’s efforts to debunk and call attention to the vileness of the “Slutwalk Tehran” project. At the risk of giving them more space to advertise (and because I have a feeling this is a comment they are copy/pasting to any blogs that call them out on their fail), here’s what they said to me:

Dear TRH, I fully understand your skepticism as well as that of Ms. Creatrix, with whom I have had a series of intelligent back-and-forth. Our concept and movement is an extension of the momentum already generated in major cities such as Toronto, Brisbane, London, Boston. The wild popularity of the walks as well as the decisive reclamation of a derogatory term in this big cities has left us no doubt that a similar movement, populated by the very masses who made the other walks such a global phenomena (phenoWOMENa!!) , would go a long way in reclaiming that word in the Middle East, in Congo and other parts of the world where the women (owing to the repressive nature of their respective antiquated patriarchies) may not have the means, the force to walk up and reclaim the word on their own. That is why we will definitely NOT encourage the women of Iran to participate. Veterans from Toronto, Indy, Boston slutwalks (to name a few) will swoop down on the streets of Teheran and reclaim it. Join us. We have the time, the resources, the think-tank and experts and most importantly the WILL to make this a success. Where will YOU be on April 2, 2012? Join us. Be there. Spread the word. Reclaim.

[I have purposely omitted links to their page]

Cheers. Grrrrl Powrrrr. Pow!!

Petty things first, who in the world is TRH?

My comment in response:

You cannot claim ally-ship with women and then stomp all over their agency. Women “in the Middle East, in Congo and other parts of the world” have the right to organize their own feminism for their own needs and it doesn’t require Western ‘think tanks’ to walk all over their right, our right, to do so. My official position on your particular project is condemnation since you’ve obviously made a decision to ignore calls to recognize your privilege and your mistake made by others more patient than I.

And now to tear that mess of fail they call an argument apart.

Our concept and movement is an extension of the momentum already generated in major cities such as Toronto, Brisbane, London, Boston.

No, it really is not an extension of those movements.

The first Slutwalk in Toronto was a direct response to the rape-culture manifest in the authority there, an authority meant to protect and enforce justice. The resulting Slutwalks were movements not just of solidarity, but of those communities choosing to make an active display condemning rape culture and the idea that rape is the victim’s fault. These communities chose. I repeat, these communities chose to participate in this movement, they didn’t have their agency overturned to fit the faux-ally imperialistic mess you’re trying to sell.

This so-called “Slutwalk Tehran” is not a Tehran driven movement!

More than that, let’s not forget that Slutwalk is an explicitly western movement. I don’t know how many times this will have to be said but western feminism is not feminism’s little black dress. It doesn’t go with everyone! Quite frankly, even a movement like Slutwalk is rife with privilege-denying faux allies so trying to blanket apply that to everyone else is just plain illogical and smacks of white privilege, imperialism, and racism.

The wild popularity of the walks as well as the decisive reclamation of a derogatory term in this big cities has left us no doubt that a similar movement, populated by the very masses who made the other walks such a global phenomena (phenoWOMENa!!) , would go a long way in reclaiming that word in the Middle East, in Congo and other parts of the world where the women (owing to the repressive nature of their respective antiquated patriarchies) may not have the means, the force to walk up and reclaim the word on their own. That is why we will definitely NOT encourage the women of Iran to participate.

Know what the best part of being a feminist whose feminism didn’t arise primarily out of western principles? Being told that my agency doesn’t matter. That my voice, that my fight, that my body in this skin, isn’t anything but what others better than me make it. It’s being told that I can’t speak for myself, fight my own battles, start my own revolutions. Oh yes, I’ve always enjoyed being told to sit down and let the real adults handle it. Let them save me from my culture’s “antiquated patriarchy” because heaven forfend I should exercise my own damn agency and have a say in this (and of course, my culture’s patriarchy is the absolute worst of the patriarchies).

Cheers. Grrrrl Powrrrr. Pow!!

Yeah, riot grrls everwhere ask you to just stop.

You know, I can not shake the feeling that this is a Trojan horse. I mean, they are not even trying to be subtle about the very many ways in which this is wrong. This is not in-keeping with the Slutwalk movement. This is not how you fight rape culture; making executive decisions and robbing people of their agency is doing nothing but feeding the monster that drives rape culture.

Again I say, Slutwalk Tehran, at least this one right here, is so not what you think it is. Do not support it. Condemn it. Inform others and raise awareness against those who would co-opt a movement to their own ends and do nothing but reinforce the kyriarchy.

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One Response to I’ve Been Engaged By The Trolls! Damn.

  1. Sohan says:

    Yeah, it’s such an obvious attempt at trolling, all the way down to the “Grrrl Powrrr” and “PhenoWOMENa”. “Marcus'” half-wit parody of feminism isn’t remotely funny – it’s copious content of FAIL is proof of how desperate he is. It’s basically a rehashing of the old right-wing argument that “since it’s worse elsewhere in the world, you should shut up about your relatively mild oppression here”

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