Me, with others at the UW Slut Walk 2011. I’m wearing sunglasses and the olive hat. Thanks to Safe Pokes for taking a great photo! There was a turnout of roughly 100 in Laramie. The group was also quite diverse. Afterwards, we came back to campus and enjoyed live burlesque and vocal performances.
The reaction was fairly positive - we even elicited cheers and clapping when we walked by a barbecue at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I was thrilled to see so many people come out to support it. Women’s Action Network organized Slut Walk partially in response to an ASUW Senator Noah Hull’s remarks in reference to sexual assault. I wrote a letter condemning his remarks, as did others, and he apologized. He references a comment, since deleted, written about me on the website within his letter:
Comment: “Looks like Meg Lanker wasnt getting enough attention lately so she had to make up a rape story. I want the Branding Iron to publish the entire police report and any medical documents. She should proove it because theres nothing but her word and you know how liberals/terrorists lie about everything. Its so co-incidental that theres nothing to fact check huh. I heard she said she got raped on campus. So wheres the news story. I couldnt find anything. UW police said they havent heard anything. its not like anyone would want to rape her anyway, shes a wildabeast. She should be glad someone supposedly wanted to touch her. I like how she changed her name, probably so she wont be assocated with a terrorist. Noah is right. If you dont want to put yourself at risk, dont go out to smoke. You wont put yourself at risk of cancer either. If you dont want to get raped dont act like you want it. I can control myself but some guys cant. You cant control breathing in second hand smoke at all. Go Noah. Stand up to the people who try to whine about smoking being taken away. Maybe if we cant smoke on campus people like Meg Lanker will go away and leave our state alone.”
Yeah, a little over the top, bro.
So if nothing else, the comments made by Noah Hull, and comments like this one above, provoked a long-needed discussion on the UW campus. I hope to see this dialogue continue.