The "SlutWalk" concept originated in Toronto, inspired by a police officer's remark
that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized". The first SlutWalk was held on April 3 in that city, a protest march of women asserting their right to wear whatever they wanted -- and dressed to drive home the point. Despite the predictable hand-wringing and pearl-clutching from both feminist and anti-feminist wings of the junior anti-sex league, the protests have spread to several cities and countries, an eye- catching declaration that dressing provocatively or even being a "slut" does not make one a legitimate target of sexual violence.
On Sunday, July 31, Portland held its own SlutWalk. How could I not
There was a rally before the march (click on pictures for bigger versions):
The march set off around 2:30.
There was a police escort (not shown). I guess that's why permits for something like this cost about $2,000.
The march took some minutes to pass. I'm not good at estimating numbers, but I'd guess there were several hundred to a thousand participants.
SlutWalk was definitely the ladies' day, but a fair number of male supporters also turned out.