Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments that perpetuate the growth of rule-enforcing bullies, one slut-shaming, homophobic class at a time.
I’ll be at SlutWalk NYC representing every person who has ever been sexually assaulted but never reported it, for whatever reason. We welcome anyone who believes that rape should not be accepted by society any longer. We welcome anyone who believes that nobody deserves to be raped and nobody should be blamed for their attack.
Women have been quietly making gains in education, leadership, respect in the media, and power in the office. Obviously, that’s why we’re suffering from an anti-feminist backlash. But this time, it’s all about ridiculous standards of chastity.