The second annual SlutWalk Vancouver had a distinctly different vibe today from the one that took place a year ago.
The event today, which began at the Vancouver Art Gallery, was much more adamantly pro–sex worker, with signs on the steps promoting equal treatment for people who make their living in this industry.
This message was reinforced by Vancouver resident Katrina Kollmann, who proudly painted the word "slut" across her chest.
"I come here because one, I like to take back the word slut because I really want to support sex positivity in my community, as well as all over the world," Kollman told the Georgia Straight. "What better place to do it than the art gallery? Everyone knows where it is."
She said that prostitution should not be hidden. Rather, she maintained that it should be legalized and moved into safe locations.
"Keep the girls off the street; keep the boys off the street," Kollmann added. "That's the worst place for them."
Sex worker Sue Davis told the Straight that women should be allowed to wear whatever they want without any fear of repercussions or being judged.
"As a sex worker and notorious Vancouver slut, I’m definitely here to undermine the slut stigma," she quipped.
Sex worker Sue Davis explains why she attended SlutWalk Vancouver 2012.
Some women engaged in a chant to get their point across. You can see this in the video below.
Chanting helps get the message across.
There were about 200 people who attended SlutWalk Vancouver. Below, you'll see snapshots of some of the participants.
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