Story of last night's Slutwalks panel at the OBA

Journalist Peter H. Martyn has collected many of the tweets from this event (see info about the event here) using the Storify tool.  Neat, because if you read it through, it gives you a fair bit of info about what happened at the session.

One of the most stunning moments of the evening was when Ronda Bessner, assistant dean of Osgoode Law School’s JD program, who had organized the original safety session with Toronto Police, praised panelist and SlutWalk co-founder Sonya Barnett for her consciousness-raising efforts. Barnett responded that Bessner’s words were the first feedback that the SlutWalk organizers had heard from York University.

Which opens up other questions, naturally – what feedback would have been appropriate and who should have delivered it.  Anyway, we here at Osgoode have definitely been following the story for a while.  See here, for instance.  As you can see, at the time, I was focused on the campus safety discourse, which I tend to find problematic.  But when Slutwalk started, I wasn’t sure what I thought of it, and I think at least some students felt the same.  I certainly appreciated getting the message out about the bad police behaviour – but other parts of the message….were either concerning to me or just of less interest.  Others here at Osgoode no doubt had different opinions.

Back to the session: Lots of IFLS tweets, by our guest tweeter Osgoode student @samarabrooke.  You might also be very interested in Slutwalk Toronto’s anti racism statement [better late than never, so brava to them] and the very positive reception it received from Akiba Solomon at Colorlines.

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Happy weekend everyone, and don’t forget about those clocks.

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