Clothes are not Consent marches have been taking place all over the world and on March 7th, one of these famous walks will be taking place in Preston City centre.
Purposefully planned around the date of International Women’s Day, which will fall on March 8th, the walk, commonly referred to as a “Slut Walk,” will see gender equality and women’s rights supporters marching from UCLan’s Students’ Union, through Preston and down Fishergate, until reaching the Korova Arts Café & Bar for an after party.
The self-proclaimed purpose of these marches is to “promote the presence of women’s consent” and to raise awareness of victim blaming in regards to sexual assault. The walks also aim to prevent the objectification of women and “slut shaming,” the idea being that a woman dressing in revealing clothing or in a provocative manner is not consent. The group also state that they are trying to promote gender equality and invite both men and women to walk with them.
Those taking part will meet at the Students Union on March 7th at 3pm, dressed in clothing they would typically wear on a night out and sporting body paint, if desired. At 3:30pm, they will follow a route through Preston that is yet to be announced, holding placards and banners to promote their cause, until reaching their end destination.
The event has been approved by Preston Council and marchers are allowed to wear whatever they wish, providing there is no nudity involved.
Stewards will also be walking with the group, directing walkers and ensuring crossings are followed and that those taking part stick to pavements.
The march is free to take part in and anyone is welcome to join the group for both the walk and the after party.