JOIN THE StopSlut MOVEMENT
StopSlut provides concrete tools to help communities and individuals change perspectives and practices when it comes to girls and sexuality. Using this cutting edge play, creating school-based Girls’ Coalitions, and providing space to discuss—openly and honestly—personal experiences with sexuality, bullying and sexual violence, StopSlut will provide a crucial antidote to slut culture.
*SEE SLUT The Play
*JOIN OUR StopSlut Girl Coalition
*ATTEND a future StopSlut Workshop near you!
SEE THE PLAY
LA, FARGO, and NYC in Spring 2014!
With the production SLUT, our goal is to ignite a much-needed conversation – a movement, really! – by creatively calling attention to the prevalence, complexity, and destructive power of the word and the damaging CULTURE it promotes.
"My recent experience seeing the production SLUT was life-changing. The girls stood before me, wearing proudly their beliefs and their courage to take a stand for others. They did not fear judgment. I experienced their activism through their presence. Their stories and their words enriched my experience. Their immense strength and devoted commitment inspired me. They showed me the importance of finding one’s voice for promoting change."
– Giulia Prete, a student at Elizabeth Irwin High School in NYC. Read her full review HERE.
StopSlut Girl Coalition
The recent SEPT/OCT 2013 NYC StopSlut Workshops and Conference were hosted by The Arts Effect, The New School, The Feminist Press, Soapbox, Inc., and Equality Now. Over 100 middle and high school girls attended the conference. 325 middle school, high school, and college students attended the conference.
ON SATURDAY, 9/28, 108 girls from Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey came together for our FIRST StopSlut Girl Coalition workshop! Over the past 6 months, this community of inspiring young women have worked to stem the tide of sexual shaming, harassment, and violence by calling for healthier attitudes toward female sexuality!
The girls have collaborated closely with professional mentors from organizations and companies such as HBO, PBS, Lincoln Center, The Feminist Press, Equality Now, Lean In, New York Magazine, The Brooklyn DA's Office, and more to develop plans of action for their specific school communities. This month the girls have launched a variety of inspiring StopSlut projects: blogs, performance pieces, documentary films, PSA campaigns, visual arts displays, school assemblies, and the establishment of StopSlut chapters in over 25 public, private and special needs schools in NYC & NJ.
We are now inviting girls from across country to join the movement. StopSlut will offer a safe space for middle and high school students to come together and share experiences. As a coalition, participants of StopSlut workshops will identify the WHAT, HOW, and NOW... of slut culture, and then, with the support of mentors, the girls will develop plans of action. The plans of action will come in all shapes, sizes, and mediums – and will be designed to best serve the needs of specific communities.
Our philosophy: girls are on the frontlines and they are the experts on this issue – they have a lot to teach us! Our goal: create opportunities for girls nation wide to recognize their right to healthfully own their sexuality – free of shame and violence.
*Please note the member of the coalition are encouraged contemplate the intersectionality of sexual degradation and violence, and owning own's sexuality – how do class, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. shift the experience?
LEARN MORE: www.StopSlut.com
West Coast & Midwest StopSlut workshops COMING SOON!
SUNDAY April 27, 2013
The Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY May 1-3, 2013
Times and Dates TBA
Century Theater, Fargo, ND.
TICKETS AVAILABLE STARTING MARCH 15th.
StopSlut Art Work – 2 of the WINNERS of the StopSlut Creative Challenge
REVERB BY JIN AI YAP
Sexual oppression and social control are portrayed in Reverb through the motifs of repetition and distortion. While the eyes and mouth are usually symbols for accurate reception and distribution of information ("saw with my own eyes," "from the horse's mouth"), their function in this narrative is to veil rather than to reveal the truth. Individual features of my face are cut, torn, lifted from their original contexts and pasted and repeated - almost but not quite accurately - across the canvas. My copied and re-copied self-portrait and facial features, ranging from photorealistic to grotesque, recall the childhood game of Telephone and its graver adult counterpart, gossip. Just as gossip alters and distorts identities through mutilation of public image, the collage masks the identity of the creator through the ripped and repainted faces, which are the most external, public expressions of self. As symbolized by this disorienting and destructive composition in Reverb, slut-shaming is one of many ways by which a cultural hegemony destroys the identity of and exerts control over women and other minority identities.
"Untitled" (performance piece) by Dinae Anderson, 17 years-old
He got me.
Little did I know that a cotton sweater, a lace bustier and a leather skirt one inch over the knee
Would make me this unintentional provocateur, fulfilling his forceful needs.
It feels like my pride now bleeds along with me.
The word SLUT falling down the cusp of his tongue,
bruising my esteem.
My attire and my figure and a desire to see a movie didn't mean that I needed his dick and his hands all into my thighs and my insides, tearing me apart.
Lost time from finish to start.
He called me a SLUT when it was over.
Couldn't tell a soul, that privately slut became my scarlet letter.
I never wanted it to be my identity
because it was never apart of me to begin with .
Never again can I see myself ever being me.
I'm stuck with the memory of a rape, a stain that doesn't leave inside of my brain.
A memory of being his slut because I wasn't ready, because his perverted ass had virginal taste.
It's so far gone, it's far too late
Never can hold on to the innocence that kept me awake
I'm comatose with SLUT, a forged name.