Chicago's SlutWalk, Like Dyke March, Is Banning 'Zionist Displays'

By Mae Rice in News on Jul 25, 2017 8:24PM

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SlutWalk Chicago is following in Chicago Dyke March's controversial footsteps: the events organizers have not only declared their support for Dyke March, but announced that they too will ban "Zionist displays."

The tweet is part of a larger thread, in which the SlutWalk organizers draw a line between anti-Zionism, Nazism, and anti-Semitism.

In another tweet, they specify that Stars of David are welcome at the event. "[T]he Star of David is not banned, Zionist displays are. They're different!"

The organizers elaborate:

Over at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern terms this "overt anti-Semitism,". He writes of the rule against "Zionist displays":

What are Zionist displays? That’s for others to decide. A Star of David might be OK. But if it’s on a rainbow flag, it probably isn’t because “its connections to the oppression enacted by Israel is too strong for it to be neutral.”

Eater editor Helen Rosner took a similar stance, terming the policy "scary" in a thread that begins here:

The Chicago SlutWalk, a march against slut-shaming and rape culture, will be held at noon on August 12 at Lake Shore Park.