SlutWalk fights against rape culture for ninth year with pasties, pleaser heels and panache

SlutWalk Denver once again graced the streets with femmes in pleaser high heels and pasties this year, despite pandemic hurdles and the increased presence of right-wing militia in the city.

The march and rally began in 2011 in Toronto, Canada after a police officer suggested women “should avoid dressing like sluts” to prevent sexual assault. Since then, the movement has grown globally with thousands of participants each year calling for an end to rape culture and slut-shaming.

“SlutWalk was an international movement where every SlutWalk happened in 2011 in July, simultaneously,” said Becky Taha’Blu, a Denver organizer since 2016. “It debunked the fact that women can't organize.”