What world do you envision? My thoughts regarding Slutwalk Singapore.

Yesterday I participated in Slutwalk Singapore as a volunteer usher. I had been looking forward to it ever since news of it came out months before – and that many of us had been brainstorming about having one. Kudos to the team for working so hard for these six months to get things going!

You may ask me why I participated. This blog is a SFF blog, isn’t it? Well, it is a blog of a Singaporean SFF writer writing about her experiences. Likewise, as SFF writers and readers, I would think that we would envision worlds we WANT to live in. Worlds safe from danger, violence, assault and hatred. Worlds that people could walk free and freely without fear or prejudice. Am I a bra-burning feminist? No. But I believe strongly in a world safe for women (and men). Am I a feminist? Yes. {Note: I have seen bras burnt before – they catch fire pretty quickly once the fire retardant on them stops working)

I wrote about Reclaim The Night before and I am so glad to see Slutwalk Singapore happening.

Now, the good things:

The people. Man, they came and they kept on coming. The organizers actually planned for 300, but 600 turned up, many with their spouses or partners with them. In a way, I am glad to see allies supporting the event. The rain didn’t dampen spirits, but it did drive away some of the participants. I love the energy though – we had music, Muay Thai, talks and yummy drinks. Meeting new people and talking to them. I love it!

I took the pictures with my camera phone (forgetful me forgot to bring my camera!). I didn’t manage to capture the movement, the colors and the interaction of the great folks at the event. The ground might be soggy with Milo-brown mud, but heck, we all had a GOOD time.

Now, the bad things.

The (male) photographers and media: I am all for media publicity helping with the awareness. But after hearing some Slutwalk attendees talking about media harassment during the event, I started to think about safe spaces. At the same time, I was also leery and uncomfortable with the number of male photographers turning up in droves and asking to take individual or group shoots of attendees. I remember commenting to another attendee about the male gaze. Objectification is still prevalent. Were the photographers looking for photo opportunities or were they waiting for the chance to look at scantily-clad women? I am reminded too of anime conventions where photographers, mostly men, take pictures of the cosplayers. Objectification is still prevalent.

Now, for the future:

More Slutwalk Singapore.: We definitely need more space to voice out issues Singapore might want to hide from the public. We definitely need more space for women to be themselves without fear or harassment. Perhaps, a women-only event?

Many thank yous to the organizers who made Slutwalk Singapore happen!

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  7. SlutWalk Singapore
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:27:36

    Hi Joyce, we’re just starting to compile all the posts written about SlutWalk post-event and I’m wondering if you’re cool w/ us republishing your post on the official site? If you’re keen, do let us know if you want us to use the bio you gave us before or if you prefer to use something else. Thanks! 🙂

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