The Big SlutWalk Singapore Trolling Wankfest of Doom 2011
by Shimona Ng
The New Paper ran a story that distorted SlutWalk’s goals, which created a massive backlash against the campaign, sparked rage on the web, and drew an army of trolls to SlutWalk.
Three major ways The New Paper distorted SlutWalk’s goals
1. We believe “mentally raping” is actual rape
The New Paper made it seem like we equate “mentally raping” with rape. They printed these terrible quotes without any context:
The elderly man was staring down at me, as if he was mentally raping me. I asked him in Hokkien: ‘Uncle, what are you looking at?’ Then he looked away.
When a woman dresses up, she is bound to get some attention, but she is not asking for rape.
Why did they print this in a SlutWalk feature? Why didn’t they denounce it? Their intentions are clear: They wanted to turn the movement into a joke. They wanted to make people enraged. They might as well have printed: “I was playing StarCraft 2 and a bunch of banelings blew up all my marines, it was like being virtually raped.” Or, “I bought a lightsaber on eBay and got hit with a huge customs tax, it was like being fiscally raped.” Or, “I am a designer and I was forced to use Comic Sans, it was like being artistically raped”. What do all these statements have in common? All of it is irrelevant to SlutWalk. All of it trivialises rape and makes a mockery out of real suffering. All of it, and anything like it, should have been either A) not printed or B) printed and condemned by The New Paper. Instead, they printed it and left it floating in a vacuum.
People brilliantly decided this person was representative of everyone going for SlutWalk and hurled their hate at SlutWalk. The internet exploded with anger:
Arcturuz says: elderly man has every right to check you out bitch.
Societe says: Might as well erect laws to allow them to dig the eyes of guys whom they dont like out.
Fyukpap says: they are trying to legalize public scolding on men who “rape” them even with their eyes.
Badzmaro says: So now we are all presumed guilty until proven innocent?
Fudgester says: if they’re stupid enough to organize this idiotic event, they fully deserve all the ogling they’re gonna get on that day.
Elindra says: I cannot understand this SlutWalk movement. If you want to dress skimply, expect men to ogle.
2. We are a copy of a movement for “the right to dress sexy”
They tried to make it seem like SlutWalkSG was a blindly-copied, substanceless version of SlutWalk, with A) No sluttiness and B) No walking. They helpfully wrote:
But you don’t have to dress like a slut to take part in SlutWalk Singapore. And, oh, there is no walk either.
Unlike SlutWalks held in western countries where skimpy outfits to protest against sexual violence, SlutWalk Singapore organisers here urge supporters to “come as they are” – whether in T-shirt and jeans, fishnets, sari women thronged the streets in, jacket or tudung.
Why adopt the name SlutWalk when they have chosen to downplay the word “slut”?
They even had a whole separate article called “Experts: smart to give it a local twist”.
Every single SlutWalk has encouraged people to wear whatever they want. SlutWalk Austin proudly states on their Facebook page, they ‘encourage all to wear what feels comfortable’. SlutWalk Melbourne’s FAQ says there is “no need to dress differently from how you normally would.” SlutWalk San Francisco’s blog says, “Wear what makes you feel comfortable, whether that’s a tiny dress or a long-sleeve floor-length dress.”
And SlutWalk Singapore is no different — the clothes are not the point. The point is to break free from the shame created by traditional stereotypes and conventional ideas about sexuality, and reclaim the freedom to express our sexuality without fear of being labelled a certain way.
The New Paper also declares we are campaigning for “the right to dress sexy.”
They ran this on their front page:
Why protest? We want the right to dress sexy.
And they named their article “Slutty? We’re just sexy.”
Over and over again, they printed random nonsense about sexiness:
“… you can dress sexily and not look slutty.”
“We all have the right to dress sexy.”
“When we were young, our parents told us not to dress too sexy…”
Who said these things? The ramblings of a few people who they say ‘support’ SlutWalkSG; by The New Paper’s definition, anyone who says they might (or might not) turn up for SlutWalk. Or anyone who says dressing sexy is great (but only for people who have a “good figure”). Or anyone who thinks dressing sexy is fine except “we also need to be aware of the risk when we do so and take precautions.” Do any of these people sound like actual SlutWalk supporters?
Let’s get this straight: SlutWalk fights for the right to express our sexuality free from shame, hate and abuse. Sexuality is infinitely more complex and beautiful than “dressing sexy.” The New Paper twisted our mission into something people could make fun of without thinking critically about any of the issues surrounding sexual diversity, sex choices and freedom from sexual abuse.
Haters take to the internet to rage about this lazy, frivolous movement:
Dalforce says: People dressed as sluts you also want to follow. No brain. People eat shit, you also eat shit ar?
Handsome boy says: I don’t know if this whole SlutWalk thing is necessary or relevant in Singapore, or if it’s just another copycat idea by women here who think that just because some women in a Western country is affected by it, they should be too.
Dalforce 25 says: There is no need to follow western sluts. I oppose the slut walk.
Societe says: should ship all of them to Middle East or Africa or India/Pakistan and give them the equality they want. Living in poverty and fear of being raped or splashed acid/slashed by spurned men, getting belted by husbands for not having cooked dinner when he reaches home.
Dalforce25 says: All these things have nothing whatsoever to do with local people.
Twinings says: these people are taking things for granted as singapore is supposedly “safe” as compared to other countries. Try asking these females to wear the way they wear to India, or even up north.
Dalforce 25 says: Our local people don’t have the tradition of women dressing up as sluts in public. This is against local tradition. I completely disapprove. Pui. Garbage.
Societe says: Women in Singapore are too bloody free, look at Pinoys, Indonesian women, Chinese sent everywhere to be maids and whores.
Plasticpistola says: they should hold slutwalk at some taliban stronghold in afghanistan. then they’ll REALLY know what is women’s’ rights.
Societe says: they should go US and see what equality they have. No jobs. Kena whack and abused by husband.
Jabberwocker says: not as if singapore have issues of having high rape cases due to women dressing scantily. i heard some countries have lah, but not appilcable to SG ba. Some women just love to stir shit so much…
Societe says: what’s wrong? Singapore girls have the best life in the whole farking world. girls elsewhere either get raped, molested or be worried that they would be raped/molested or disfigured, out of jobs or in poverty. here in Singapore all happily wait for their prince and protected by law and charter, dont have to do NS, low birthrate and they still want equality. what a joke.
3. We are a select group of privileged women
What did The New Paper put on its front page? A full-page image of a stereotypically-attractive, female-bodied Chinese person — with typically-feminine long, black, flowing hair, staring and pouting into the camera in a modelesque way that conforms to conventional ideas about sexy.
Inside the paper, we are greeted by more pictures of young, thin, Chinese women with the same long, blow-dried hair wearing uniformly revealing outfits— miniskirts, cleavage-baring tops; clothes that people would consider sexy only if they define ‘sexy’ in a very narrowly defined way.
When you go to SlutWalkSG’s website, what is the first thing you see? Pictures of real supporters. And these first few pictures depict a diversity far greater than The New Paper chose to portray. We see people of different ethnicities and genders sporting everything from tee shirts and hijabs to piercings and dreadlocks. Clearly, SlutWalkSG is much more inclusive than The New Paper wants you to think.
Take a look at SlutWalkSG’s teaser video, Slut Tease. It becomes even clearer that SlutWalk SG is for everyone — people of all body sizes/types, all ethnicities, all walks of life, all genders, all sexual orientations, including people from the LGBTQ community, the BDSM community, alternative lifestyle and poly scenes — decked out in tattoos, dresses, leather, formal shirts, and BDSM gear. SlutWalkSG is hardly the homogeneous group The New Paper would have you believe.
Despite this, people feel empowered to make a variety of sexist comments to discredit the female clones of SlutWalk:
Platee says: EPIC PHAIL. ONLY PROVES WOMEN HAS NO BASIC INTELLIGENCE’
Rock^Star says: I think women in slutwalk have pretty low IQ.
Plasticpistola says: women’ and ‘logic’ is an oxymoron.
Fyukpap says: the law states : Man is reasonable” when did it say that women are?
Boink! says: these gurls are better off in the kitchen making me a samwich!
Motherliquor.P says: Later become like occupy raffle place one la. cos they busy making sandwiches.
Globe says: is this another one of those meaningless girl power thing … got so much time why dun spending it trying to help up the singapore population instead of doing this nonsense thing.
Ohayo! says: women are the ones responsible for slut-shaming, ‘actually, guys dont call them sluts. they(women) call each other that.
Deadbeat says: women hate women. FACT!
Siliconchip says: Yuck, there might be some fat, saggy aunties in it. People will be blinded.
Zuzuvovo says: please QC before letting them go there lol.. i have a feeling all pudge wearing mini skirts.
Senna Wales says: If those women are 601, naked also no feeling.
Ohmydog says: I’m protesting this movement. the term slut are prefer to beautiful sexy woman. singapore woman? go be transformer instead…
Gottafilling says: I expect a lot of lians to turn up…
PoYePoLuoMi claims these women are just trying to seduce foreign men: just rike SPG… wanna choose angmo partners rather den asian one CB.
CSNation agrees emphatically: SPG tactic — 1) Wear boyfriend T-shirt or his office shirt, 2) Go commando, 3) Wear slippers, 4) Meet ur like minded sistars., 5) Parade down orchard road, 6) Hook some angmohs, 7) ?????????
The distortions raise an army of trolls
A vast array of people have expressed interest in coming to SlutWalk to: stalk, troll, slap, spit on, hurl stones at, take downblouse photos of, and sexually humiliate these ‘sluts’:
Societe says: can we spit at the sluts? they call themselves sluts ma. no one else did.
Somatic3 says: I will bring down a sign that says: ‘Come redempt your Free Bitch Slap, SLUTS.
Unaware says: Just gather along the road where they gonna walk and keep making those kissing sounds and wolf-whistle. Then maybe go “Very naise, how much?” ala Borat.
Lousydk says: singapore men should have a Anti-sluts walk at the same date, time and location.
Stormthundarr says: Should organize lecherwalk, pedowalk, pervwalk.
Societe says: we go there point at them call them sluts, anyone game for it?
Stormthundarr: remembers fondly in some places, these sluts are paraded around in cages, and the villagers will throw rotten eggs, vegetables or even stones at them.
Deadbeat says: anyone interested going to troll them? count me in!
Arcturuz says: anyone wanna organise EDMW outing to Hong Lim with DSLR cams? Take photos of all the sluts and show them what’s dirty EDMW men.
Crabs. says: who will bring ladder and their dslr camera there?
Leaving_footsteps says: Just don’t kpkb when people take photos etc. You asked for it. Don’t complain when you get it.
-Kent- says: how about a walk to celebrate the freedom to look at women without being called dirty old men?
Societe says: Let’s start a Dirty Old Man Stroll.
Marill says: girls who call themselves sluts will be walking around to let men beo them dips dips! sibeh sexciting!
It degenerates into a big victim-blaming, slut-shaming wankfest
[HUGE TRIGGER WARNING]
Kel666 says: u have the right to dress as sluts, those perverts have the right to rape u lol.
ZerozeroZero says: Essentially there’s nothing much to be debated here. Rapists are rapists, you dress skimpily you will arouse them and they will rape you.
Fyukpap says: by inviting and if they got raped, only they themselves are to be blamed.
Don’tmakemecereal-lie says: i wonder if someone organises a RapeWalk on the day of SlutWalk.
Genericperson says: The logic and reasoning of slutwalk is quite questionnable leh, if it is their right to be a slut, what if someone happen to rape them is it not the right of the rapist to rape them?
Rhater says: Well, you can do anything you wanted. But whatever happens that caused by what you done, you have to accept it. If you are clever, then find ways to prevent it.
ZerozeroZero says: Like, if i rode a bike without a helmet and smash my head, i cant blame the bike for being fail. Because even if the bike fails, had i wore a helm, my head wouldnt be smashed.
Twinings says: dressing like one [a slut] increases the probability [of rape].
Genericperson says: for me (as a man) it is illogical. It is very much like you are showing/parading/inviting people to buy something then refused to sell them the said stuff. It’s like you women went past shoe shop that shows off all those shoes that you like and they refuse to sell those shoes to you.
AngryPiglet says: They want to be sluts… and yet they want men to respect them.. What irony.
AKTSUKIKeeper says: you dress for the respect you want what. dress what you want lah, just prepare for the consequence.
Alvyn07 says: I don’t understand. My parents taught me never to flaunt expensive: 1. Watches 2. Gadgets 3. Phones 4. Etc if I didn’t want people to steal them. Isn’t it thus common fu*king sense to NOT flaunt ur assets if you don’t want anything bad to happen to you?!
Jeraldine says: We should be allowed to wear whatever we want, its our RIGHT.” is equivalent to “we should be allowed to ‘express’ our wealth when we are walking home alone late at night!” or “We should be allowed to leave all our doors unlocked! It is our right!”
Somatic3 says: You want something and demand something, you pay a price. Ladies who deem that they have a right of not being a victim of a rape for dressing scantly, is wrong. What you claim is that rapist who cannot control their libido is to be blamed, instead of you wearing scantly? And that if you say no the rapist is just to walk away? Clearly something is amiss here. You decide to flaunt your “assets”, you pay the price “if” a mishap happen to you, this has nothing to do with whether you have the right to wear whatever you want. It goes both ways, not just one way. Same for flaunting your valuables outside, you pay a price for the “Recklessness”.
Yeshenyue says: [In reply to: "If she says "no", then it is the man's responsibility to resist the temptation of sexual desire and greater physical strength"] The motion is absolutely ridiculous. It does nothing to help men get over getting horny over a girl who dresses skimpily because it’s NATURAL reaction.
Bangulzai says: they are s-l-u-t because they invite l-u-s-t.
The Big SlutWalk Singapore Trolling Wankfest of Doom has shown us how incredibly important it is for us to bring SlutWalk to Singapore. We need to break this vicious cycle of victim-blaming and rape apologism. We must break the silence around sexual abuse created by pointless hating and shaming.
SlutWalk has created a moment in space and time where all of us can take a stand against slut-shamers and haters who claim expressing our sexuality is disgracing or degrading, and come together to create a better world where no one will ever have to be ashamed of being raped or abused again. Let’s seize this chance to join the universal fight against sexual violence, by bringing our bodies, voices and ideas to Hong Lim Park for the first ever SlutWalk Singapore.
The New Paper: Slutty? We’re just sexy
Shimona has been helping out with SlutWalkSG’s campaign.