What do Rock The Slut Vote and Yankee Doodle Have In Common? You Might be Surprised!
Slut. What a storm of controversy this four-letter word stirs up. Why in the world would we claim such a demeaning word as a battle cry for women's rights?
For all the same reasons the founders of our great nation laid claim to the British army's great slur against America's colonists. Redcoats gleefully sang "Yankee Doodle" to demean roughly clad revolutionary soldiers as inept, impotent bumpkins. Moreover, they raucously urged "...let the girls be handy," a grave insult to colonial women's chastity."You laughable revolutionaries are uncouth and your women are sluts", they sneered.
How did our hardy patriots respond? They embraced the outrageous insult and made it their own. Laughing off the slur, they wrested all the stinging power from the words.In fact, they began singing "Yankee Doodle" as their own battle song, mocking the British. These ordinary men who rose up to become extraordinary heroes deliberately shamed the Redcoats with their own insult as they won the hard victory for America's rights and freedom. We can do no less while battling today's war for American women's rights and freedoms.
There's a long, proud history of oppressed peoples who effectively reappropriate the very perjorative terms used to demean and keep them in a lowly, disgraced place. By reclaiming the most hurtful, shaming words, groups rise up, unite and fight against intimidation and injustice. Many examples exist in modern America -- from punks to geeks, from gays to rednecks. And yes, now sluts!
Do any of us aspire to be insulted as sluts and worse? Of course not. But neither will we allow that word to shame, intimidate and silence women any longer. When one woman is battered with the word "slut" for simply speaking her truth, then ALL women are attacked. We can let that word chill us from speaking our own truth -- or we can rise up together and seize that weapon from those who would oppress us. At Rock The Slut Vote (RTSV) we choose to unite, reclaim that word "slut," and turn it back on those who would deny us the basic rights due every American.
Make no mistake. The GOP has launched an orchestrated, all-out-war on women's rights in states throughout America's heartland and in the heart of her capitol. They would silence women's opposition with fear and brutal insults against our very womanhood. Let us reclaim the word "slut" as our own anthem of defiance, strength and pride.
Like those Yankee Doodles who fought at the real Tea Party, Sluts WILL win this fight for equality and basic human rights. Together, we will go forth, raise hell, and rock the slut vote in November 2012.
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