Monday, July 4, 2011

SlutWalk Tampa

SlutWalk Tampa? What'chu talkin bout Willis?

The girl in the video above is Teagan Laurel Alexander. Teagan is smart, strong and brave. And I salute her. I had never heard of SlutWalk before I saw this video. I guess I have been living under a rock or something. SlutWalk is this big international thing that takes place in cities around the world. In Canada ,across America , in London and in India.

The SlutWalk protests are to say that the kinds of cloths they women wear, are not the cause or justification for rape. But don't we know this already? Unless you are an idiot , scumbag or just evil you already know this. This is just fact and not a big debate issue .

I have nothing but love and support for Teagan and others taking part in the SlutWalk protests. But I am not sure what you are fighting for. The right to wear whatever you want to wear? You already have that right. The right to not live in fear? If you do not want to live in fear you have to put fear into the rapist. And I do not think SlutWalk is going to do that.

In every war there is a turning point. A point where people can look back and say, this was it, this is where things started to change. Maybe I am wrong about this. But 20 years from now, I do not think people will look back and say SlutWalk was a big turning point.

Please don't hate me. I just don't think SlutWalk will have a permanent long lasting impact. Do you know what does have a permanent long lasting impact? Death, there is nothing more permanent than death. These SlutWalk protests like hundreds of other protests will come and go. And will be forgotten about a few months later. But the fact that if you rape someone you might be killed. People will not forget that.

I think in America we have more people in prison than any other nation. The fact is that a lot of people don't care about going to jail. Some spend their whole life in and out of prison. Many times when someone gets raped or a child gets molested. It turns out that the person has done this before.

It should be mandatory life in prison or the death penalty for rapists and child molesters.

In the military , you can get the death penalty for rape. But no one in the military has been given the death penalty for rape in over 40 years I think. Six states used to have the death penalty for the rape of a child. But in 2008 in a 5-4 Ruling the Supreme Court said this was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also said some other stuff that was total BS.

After a review of the "history of the death penalty for this and other non homicide crimes, current state statutes and new enactments ... we conclude there is a national consensus against capital punishment for the crime of child rape," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.

I think the Supreme Court got this one wrong. I think most people would support an amendment to the constitution, to give the death penalty for rape.

SlutWalk Denver speaker is journalist Pamela White

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