Is there anything harder than walking in heels up and down hills or stairs or while pushing a stroller on a college campus? Last night on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, nearly a hundred men found out first hand and gained a new appreciation for what women are put through to look “fashionable” or “sexy” in our culture. About 200 people came out to support these men as they took a stand to march against sexual violence.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes has been around since 2001 but has received some criticism of late for making a mockery of women’s experience, and also limiting the victimization of sexual violence — as if it only happens to women. Both are valid points. I believe this march creates space to begin conversations about how men and women can partner together to end sexual violence. High heels are only a representation of ALL the devices that are meant to keep women, collectively, “in their place.” As you see in this photo, many men took on other devices in this walk as well, such as pushing a stroller, wearing hose, painting their nails, and wearing skirts.
Thanks to all that participated and supported the event. It was great to see so many campus and community men and women join together to walk in support of ending sexual violence. A special thanks to the UMKC’s Women Center for making this event possible.