Extract of A Speech I Gave at Slut Walk 2011 in Birmingham
And what I don’t understand is that this is the same society who has told me, via magazines, advertising, television, the fashion industry and mainstream music that my only worth as a woman is as a sexual object. The same society that tells me I should look up to Cheryl Cole, Jordan, Kerry Katona, Lindsay Lohan or the cast of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ . But I don’t want to be a WAG. I want to be Tank grrrl, I want to be Lara Croft, I want to be my mother, who has fought for her right to be her own woman, I want to be Athena, I want to be Liz Lemon. And when I have kids, I will mother like Sarah Connor. I am Hit Girl. But society doesn’t want me to be any of these strong women, because strong women question, because strong women demand that our voices are heard, because strong women say “I own my own body”.
So society please make up your mind. Do you want me to be Paris Hilton or not? Stop sending me and my generations mixed messages. Don’t tell me to reduce myself to a sexual object and then turn round and tell me after I’ve been raped that it was my fault because I’d dressed in the way society suggested I should