June 29, 2011

The Madison SlutWalk was a bust.

Oh, no!
My partner and I arrived just in time to make the official start time of the march, our “Stop Slut Shaming” sign in hand, to join a small group in the middle of Library Mall. We delayed for about half-an-hour, mostly, I think, just trying to build up even a few more bodies to our small group. There was little sense of organization, and I really didn’t know who was in charge. No one spoke to those who had gathered to rally us.

The actually beginning of the march was hard to mark. One man milling about moved a few steps towards the capitol, and I think I heard him quietly murmur a call to start marching, but I really wasn’t certain. Looking around, I could see he had begun to make uncertain steps towards the capitol, but no one seemed to realize that this was a “start”. I remember saying something like, “Um, I think he’s starting,” in an attempt to keep a connection between what few people we had and the people who might be leading the event, and we all somewhat awkwardly gathered up and began to march....

By the time we had arrived at the capitol square, our numbers had swelled to something in the high-twenties to perhaps thirty people. In theory we were supposed to round the Capitol building, but we stopped after making it to the first corner, much to the seeming relief of most of the marchers. It was a hot day, and our small group hadn’t built up any real energy even in our own members. We milled around the water fountain that had stopped some of us up, and after some brief chatter, all slowly melted away in the sun.

105 comments:

Moose said...

Bummer. No pix of guys in tube tops. My day is ruined.

Michael Haz said...

SlutWalk happens every weekend in Madison during the academic year. The venues are bars and parties.

Sixty Grit said...
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Maguro said...

I told them they should've done a Slut Candlelight Vigil instead, but did they listen? Nooooooo.

Seriously, it's amazing that many people showed up in Madison to protest something some guy in Toronto said. Do these fuckers ever do anything besides protest stuff?

Irene said...

Hot? The high yesterday was like . . . 76 degrees.

Robert said...

Maybe the sluts needed to expose a bust or two to increase awareness.

deborah said...

omg lol

Is Meadehouse planning on moving to a different part of the country come retirement?

EDH said...

In theory we were supposed to round the Capitol building, but we stopped after making it to the first corner, much to the seeming relief of most of the marchers. It was a hot day, and our small group hadn’t built up any real energy even in our own members. We milled around the water fountain that had stopped some of us up, and after some brief chatter, all slowly melted away in the sun.

Vindicated: the drunk husband in the "wife beater" t-shirt who always says "you lazy slut."

edutcher said...

These people do not get it.

It isn't the Conservatives who say a woman who was raped while wearing provocative clothing had it coming.

It's the Lefties-LBGT's new BFFs, the Muzzzlims who say that.

After the Lefties take over and start going all dhimmi in front of the Mohammedans, it's going to be fun to watch all of the, "B-b-b-ut you were supposed to exempt us!".

PS Slutwalking seems to fall somewhere between Naked Bike Ride and the whole Cunt thing the feminazis wanted to start a few years ago.

Carol_Herman said...

If this were a red light district, there'd be no business!

How can idiots not benefit from "slutting around?"

I think what grows tiresome ... is that there's no enthusiam left.

It's like the real estate bubble, without real estate. But lots of folks just under water. Whatever.

Meade said...

@deborah,

I hear you. You know, back where I come from, the men were proud to be men, women were proud to be women, and the sluts were, well, proud to be sluts.

And because everyone concealed carried, there was never a need for anyone to march around with signs, trying to shame everyone else into not marching around with signs trying to shame them.

Carol_Herman said...

"Jane, you ignorant slut."

Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin.

Now, that was comedy gold.

But, back then, writers got paid for coming up with this stuff.

The "slut walkers" would have done better business if they had someone playing the violin. And, they dropped a red cloth on the ground. So you could throw small change in.

But, where would they have found the violin player?

Jay said...

I really didn’t know who was in charge. No one spoke to those who had gathered to rally us.


What a great description of the Obama Presidency...

Drew said...

Wait . . . Slutwalk? This is a thing?

Lucius said...

Perhaps she didn't realize this was a tart?

Sluts are seldom as energized a bunch as they envision themselves to be.

A tart's got to know her(/his) limitations.

wv: eneyas Cleanse your mind of thoughts with Enya

A. Shmendrik said...

Archie Simonson - vindicated!

traditionalguy said...

As they say, "you can march a slut to a water fountain, but you can't make her drink." I remember the post last night was about screwed up Wisconsin people, which is the usual result when sluts become the community's heroines.

Sofa King said...

The Madison Walk of the Sluts
was supposed to be big but what's
surprising to none
is they all failed to come.
And ain't that a kick in the nuts?

ndspinelli said...

It's Madison..they should have called it the Recall Walker Slut Walk. However..it would have been pretty hairy.

edutcher said...

Carol_Herman said...

If this were a red light district, there'd be no business!

How can idiots not benefit from "slutting around?"

I think what grows tiresome ... is that there's no enthusiam left.

It's like the real estate bubble, without real estate. But lots of folks just under water. Whatever.


Carol, even when I understand you, we don't often agree, but when you're right - and you nail it with a wonderful metaphor - you put the hide right on the barn door.

deborah said...

omg lol

Is Meadehouse planning on moving to a different part of the country come retirement?

Meade said...
@deborah,

I hear you. You know, back where I come from, the men were proud to be men, women were proud to be women, and the sluts were, well, proud to be sluts.


Greater love hath no man than he picks up and moves from a reasonably Conservative place to his sweetie's Lefty Socialist Workers' Paradise in the pursuit of a little.

Blondes have that effect on us.

Don't they?

PS Another reason to hope our new home has embedded comments.

Paul Zrimsek said...

OK, just so long as it wasn't also a flop.

Kensington said...

What kind of respectable slut walk is led by a dude?

Chip S. said...

Pimp, not dude.

"Respectability" should never be the goal of a slutwalk.

Christopher in MA said...

You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think.

The Drill SGT said...

so what is a man doing leading a slut parade?

don't you Feminist sluts have somebody butch enough to call cadence or whatever sluts march to?

just sayin...

AllenS is close and probably remembers a couple of Jody calls referencing sluts?

"If I die on the Russian Front" for example :)

Chip S. said...

Slightly OT--

Madison lefties seem off their game. Might they all be dazed and confused by today's revelation that John Lennon was a closeted Reaganite?

Imagine that!

wv nones: In a successful slutwalk, the marchers are dressed to the nones.

The Drill SGT said...

Meade said...
@deborah,

I hear you. You know, back where I come from, the men were proud to be men, women were proud to be women, and the sluts were, well, proud to be sluts.


I remember it as:

"a time when Men were Men, and the Women were glad of it"

Clyde said...

A truly empowered womyn doesn't need to wait for a murmuring agent of the phallocracy to tell her when the march is supposed to begin!

My favorite part: "With multiple wars abroad, a troubled economy, and the local concerns for worker’s and people’s rights in a Walker administration, I’m sure that there are some who think something like a Slut Walk is not important enough to take the time to support."

So is it the Walker administration that's responsible for the multiple wars abroad and the lousy economy, or is that still Bush's fault? Just askin'...

DADvocate said...

It was a hot day...

These Yankees are such wimps in the summer time. According to the National Weather Service it got up to a whopping 78 degrees. That's a cold spell where I come from.

I imagine most sluts didn't make it because they hooked up with opportunistic guys before they got there.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

I don't know whether to be amused or sickened by the fact that these women appear to sincerely believe that any men involved are involved because they support and respect them.

- Lyssa

Clyde said...

@ Maguro

You could tell them to get a life, but then they'd probably protest against you.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

I really appreciate the comment by "Lucas"- she starts out by proclaiming that women have a right to dress as slutty as they want and shouldn't have to worry about bad things happening to them, then goes on to shill for a company that she works for that offers a product which will allow instant communication with friends and family to help keep women safe (I'm not sure how that's different from a cell phone.)

I thought women shouldn't have to worry about being unsafe! Which, in the case of clothing, apparently means that they must pretend that such a risk doesn't exist. How is carrying around some safety product any different?

- Lyssa

edutcher said...

The Drill SGT said...

Meade said...
@deborah,

I hear you. You know, back where I come from, the men were proud to be men, women were proud to be women, and the sluts were, well, proud to be sluts.


I remember it as:

"a time when Men were Men, and the Women were glad of it"


In the immortal words of Chuck Jones...

WineSlob said...

The Sluts got Stuck in a Rut
No one Would Take Part in their Strut
The Guys Were Not Taken
With Many an Angry Gal Shakin'
Her Nine-Axe-Handle Mattress-Button Butt.

The Drill SGT said...

lyssalovelyredhead said...
I don't know whether to be amused or sickened by the fact that these women appear to sincerely believe that any men involved are involved because they support and respect them.


How else do you pick up chicks?

I don't know about anybody else, but after I got done with my baby killing tour of Nam, I went to a lot of anti-war rallies just to pitch up chicks. Depending on the circumstances I could play the guy expecting to get called up by his draft board or the tramatized vet back from Nixon's war who needed some comfort in the dark to avoid the awful nightmares.

Just kidding, I came back and joined ROTC before going back in as an Officer :)

But I did go to a few rallies to watch the other side.

Clyde said...

And what's up with it taking her ten days to write about a march that took place on June 19th? Sounds like an enthusiasm gap there...

Coketown said...

I can't think of "slutwalk" without thinking "cakewalk." You know, the game at school functions that's a hybrid of a traditional cakewalk and musical chairs. You dance around until the music stops, then you look down at the square you're on to see if you won a cake. Everyone was asked to donate a cake for the cakewalk, and so few participated, that anyone who wanted could go home with six or seven cakes.

But yeah. Next time have all the skanks lay down on the pavement, then start a slutwalk. When the music stops, look down to see if you're standing over a slut. If you are, you can take her home.

ricpic said...

How do you shame the shameless?
How do you stifle a slut?
Those whose home wrecking is blameless.
Those with insatiable butt.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

If they held a slut walk in Venice Beach California, how would you know?

john said...

traditionalguy said...
"you can march a slut to a water fountain, but you can't make her drink.
"

I like

You can lead a horticulture.
But you can't give her class
.

DADvocate said...

And what's up with it taking her ten days to write about a march that took place on June 19th?

She's a slut. She was busy with "other things."

chickenlittle said...

Why no photos, anywhere? They want to be photographed you know. They're begging for it.

Scott M said...

We milled around the water fountain that had stopped some of us up, and after some brief chatter, all slowly melted away in the sun.

The idea of sluts melting under the sun evokes quite a range of interesting visuals.

Titus said...

I used to be kind of slutty but I am not a slut now.

thank you.

Titus said...

A women who has a lot of sex is a slut.

A man who has lots of sex is a stud.

That is so unfair.

Oh well.

ricpic said...

If the cutoffs don't cover the bottom of the buttocks the Venice Beach boardwalker is a certified professional 24/7 slut as opposed to the fake demure amateurs who cover.

Scott M said...

A women who has a lot of sex is a slut.

A man who has lots of sex is a stud.

That is so unfair.

Oh well.


That old meme ended somewhere around 1997 when I stopped abusing the privilege and got engaged.

ricpic said...

The problem, as I've told you before, Titus, is the cottage cheese ass. Your desirability factor has gone down, ergo the loss of full-blown slut status.

jamboree said...

Well, no offense, but it's MADISON...

Errr... Madison, WISCONSIN.

Hahaha.

Old Dad said...

Is Madison short on sluts? Are your sluts lazy? Politically unmotivated? Just busy being sluts?

This pressing question clearly requires more scrutiny, very close scrutiny, with lot's of pictures.

wv: monsfar--a requirement for all Madison sluts

bagoh20 said...

As I said yesterday in another thread, we expect men to control their nature, but not women. It's sexist to assume that women can't control themselves, so men must carry the full responsibility. I know men are superior, but feminists should not be out advertising it.

Pogo said...

Madison is like China in the 1960s, with Chairman O's little soldiers calling for endless marches to proclaim fealty to The Cause, and rebel against those heretics seen as unfaithful to the Dogma (i.e. Althouse).

The political becomes the personal, and nothing else remains. The 24/7 liberal even sleeps the Correct Way.

bagoh20 said...

"I used to be kind of slutty but I am not a slut now."

If you pound a lot of nails, it doesn't make you a carpenter, but if you s--k one c--k you are a c--ks-cker forever. Which I think is cool, and people should be proud of the titles they have earned through hard work and sacrifice. Credentials, if you will.

bagoh20 said...

"Is Madison short on sluts?"

Don't know, but if in Madison sluts are short, they may just be overlooked.

I apologize for that.

PatCA said...

"Madison is like China in the 1960s"

I recently received an email at my job at State U with a list of slogans uttered by our party...er, academic leaders extolling diversity, how it makes every part of lives better! So far they haven't told us to print them on banners and carry them around.

Shanna said...

It was a hot day

Boo Freaking Hoo. How hot does it actually get in Wisconsin, anyway? It looks like your forcast is 81 today.

Lem said...

I thought that to call a woman a slut was a no no.

dRoast said...

Along with death and taxes, sluts (of both genders) are one of the only certain things in life. Always had 'em, always will.

X said...

A women who has a lot of sex is a slut.

A man who has lots of sex is a stud.

That is so unfair.

Oh well.


men generally don't call women sluts. slut shaming is a woman thing.

Dustin said...

"A man who has lots of sex is a stud."

Is that even true anymore? Sure, I guess it is in some circles, but mostly these days, the kind of people who would call a woman a slut would call a man something like that for the same behavior, and the kind of people who would high five a man for sleeping around would see little problem with a woman 'hooking up'.

madAsHell said...

My partner and I??

Lesbian Sluts? I mean....I've seen the movie, but I didn't they existed in real life. I thought they were like Zombies.

Amartel said...

The author of the article objects to being called a whore (by "some budding misogynists") but enthusiastically parades around in public as a slut. At least a whore makes some money. A slut gives it away for free.

...

Oh, wait, I get it now.

bagoh20 said...

Serious question:

What's the communist approach to prostitution?

madAsHell said...

From the article:

"Slut Walks are one small facet of a fight to end a societal injustice that is clearly gendered."

Ron Ball couldn't be reached for comment.

The real problem here is that she thinks the world owes her something. She's projecting her entitlement as a societal problem.

"Dah man! Be keeping me down!!"

Scott M said...

What's the communist approach to prostitution?

From each according to their abilities?

Freeman Hunt said...

A man who has lots of sex is a stud.

Is this really true? Do most people feel that way?

I don't see much difference between men and women who seek out lots and lots of partners. They're both seeking external validation.

Like most politicians!

Scott M said...

Is this really true? Do most people feel that way?

It was, certainly, when I was a teen (mid to late 80's). But, then, so was calling the POTUS the leader of the free world.

Neither are true anymore. For that matter, I'm not sure what actually constitutes the "free world" any longer. Whatever it's boundries, the POTUS doesn't have much to do with leading it.

Freeman Hunt said...

I agree with Dustin.

traditionalguy said...

This is great news that in the new Madison Sluthood releases the sexual repression that forced the female Shoplifter's crimewave in old Madison. Ids are free at last, free at last, thank Freud Almighty they are free at last.

richard mcenroe said...

"Boobs participate in slutwalk. Film at eleven."

AllenS said...

Well, you know, there's been times in my life, that if it wasn't for sluts, I wouldn't have gotten any. Having said, that, I can truthfully say this:

You can lead a slut to water, but you can't make her bathe.

AllenS said...

There's no need for a comma after "said".

AllenS said...

Sometimes I type like a slut.

Scott M said...

There's no need for a comma after "said".

I'm glad you cleared that up. I vapor-locked and didn't know what to do.

AllenS said...

I hear ya, Scott. I almost choked on my beer.

AllenS said...

choked?

Titus said...

I went to three gay bars in Madison last weekend and they were absolutely horrible.

There was no possible way I could even be a slut in that town.

It was the ugliest group of gays I have ever seen in my life. I was looking at a big chunk of them and thinking to myself, no, you are not really gay, are you?

You have to have options.

Old Dad said...

Guys who have lots of sex are "studs," but only in the modern sense--guys, the only barrier between a stud and std's is "u". God that's awful.

wv: mallon[s]--what studs don't have

David said...

The real sluts were elsewhere, banging someone they had met about two hours before. You gotta love sluts.

The Drill SGT said...

AllenS,

I didn't see a response to my question.

they apparently need professional help.

You willing to volunteer next time to march those sluts down mainstreet to an appropriate Jody?

maybe one about a yellow bird?

t-man said...

Is Drudge right now trying to say that Obama is full of hot air? Or a fire-breathing dragon?

It's a great juxtoposition with the photo of the New Mexico wild fires.

AllenS said...

Drill,

If called upon to serve once again, then yes, I shall serve.

Sounds like good duty. Better than the 11Bravo2P MOS that I first had.

Scott M said...

The hell you say. Paratrooper is the best job in the military, bar none. Except for Tailhook Convention planner. I'd give you that one.

Shouting Thomas said...

And, what, exactly is the political agenda?

Sixty Grit said...
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The Drill SGT said...

Scott M said...
The hell you say. Paratrooper is the best job in the military


Last time he had the little brown comrades with sloped foreheads shooting ak's at him and putting shit smeared bamboo stakes in pits to snare him, not only that, the beer was either nasty local stuff or 105 degree PBR

AllenS said...

Yeah, Scott, that's true. However, once you've been shot, a man starts to have second thoughts.

Scott M said...

Last time he had the little brown comrades with sloped foreheads shooting ak's at him and putting shit smeared bamboo stakes in pits to snare him, not only that, the beer was either nasty local stuff or 105 degree PBR

Yeah, but that was the same situation for the legs too. Only the zoomies and squids had it better. Maybe the armor (what little there was) too.

Shouting Thomas said...

So, does mean I'm a feminist now because I check out the sluts at Guess Her Muff every day?

Of course, those sluts are generally not walking.

Do they have to walk?

Phil 3:14 said...

So can I assume no local police officer has said anything akin to
women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized?

So it was just a march in solidarity

Well at least it wasn't one of those tiresome Walker protests.

Phil 3:14 said...

115 today in Phoenix; they can come down here and march in solidarity.

LordSomber said...

Didn't Fonzie once say that Wisconsin girls had class?
He's rolling in his grave now.

The Drill SGT said...

Scott M said...
Maybe the armor (what little there was) too.


Talk to Roger J. He was a troop commander in the 11th ACR I think.

That's what made me go armor as an officer... Standing in a stinking rice paddy wet to my waist in 110 degree heat watching tanks go by with lawn chairs, beach umbrellas and ice chests on the back deck.

On the other hand he says he earned 2 SS, 3 BS and a PH, so life wasn't all iced beer/soda and shady siestas

Irene said...

Fonzie died??

Amartel said...

"Serious question:

What's the communist approach to prostitution?"

Serious answer: Sluts (if you are a pure Marxist); Sex workers (if you are a feminist Marxist).

Marx believed that prostitution "is only a specific expression of the general prostitution of the laborer." He wanted to have the "community of women" be shared by the men. What a guy. Of course, the gals didn't all feel like be shared around so they came up with the notion of sex workers for those certain ladies who didn't mind being shared around.

LarsPorsena said...

"..Talk to Roger J. He was a troop commander in the 11th ACR I think..."

Death rides a black horse.

Coketown said...

Probably the low turnout was caused by potential participants thinking of this hypothetical situation:

Bystander: "Oh, hey. What's all this marching for? Race for the Cure? Saving premature babies?"
Participant: "Er, well, no. We're sluts. And we're marching to destigmatize sluts."
Bystander: "Monsters."

Roman said...

I wonder if this was like the cancelled Virgin Parade in (fill in blank)? One was sick and the other did not want to march alone.

Word Verification: hootobb

NotquiteunBuckley said...

"My Country My Ass; This is not the land I learned about in class."

And more, some worse, is to be found here:

http://www.khow.com/pages/boyles.html?article=8764322


Good God almighty.

gregwithtwogs said...

Damn!!! NO pictures!!!!!!

Big Mike said...

I had the same first thought that a lot of others did -- a man led the slut walk???

Was he there hoping for a peek at some nipples? Or is it just that the lefty women in Madison prefer to follow rather than lead?

(I said lefty women, Mrs. Meade. I think we can consider excluding you from the label.)

William said...

In Wild Swans, Jung Chang writes about how Mao rounded up all the prostitutes for re-education. Those that went back to their old ways were executed.....Western observers at the time thought it was just wonderful how Mao with his egalitarian program and ideals had eliminated prostitution from China......And Cuba has a terrific health care program.

frank said...

It is obvious Madison has no sluts. It does, however, have 1 Judge, 2 Justices and 1 Assistant Attorney General to make up for it.

madisonlakes said...

Curious - did you get authorization to re-post this article?

Your post could be pretty close to a copyright violation, if not. The "Oh No" link is hardly proper credit to the author and it looks like your article is just a cut and paste without any form of critique.

ifelicious said...

I heard about the Madison event by chance in a random conversation with some people I didn't know, and it was after the event. It's sad that what I'm reading seems to share the same sentiment in this article, that it was poorly organized and missed harnessing the energy intended for SlutWalks now going on globally.

The SlutWalk in Milwaukee is o August 13th, a decision made by its leader so that there would be ample time to plan, communicate, and gather. I would encourage anyone in Madison and within driving distance of Milwaukee to consider participating in SlutWalk Milwaukee. There's a FB page, twitter @slutwalkmke, website www.slutwalkmilwaukee.org.

Just an FYI...