On July 25th, your magazine decided to use the Newsweek account of the accuser in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case as an introduction to an article about how to get a blowjob. While your tweets have been deleted, you stated: “According to the famous maid who’s suddenly talking, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual request was anything but polite…” Your publication has also since apologized by tweeting “Sometimes our sense of humor doesn’t come out the way we intend. Sorry if an earlier tweet offended anyone.”
We, the organizers of SlutWalk NYC, a march set for October 1st, as part of a movement dedicated to eradicating gender-based oppression and violence, do not accept your apology, which merely states that you are sorry that anyone was offended and not sorry that you find sexual assault to be an appropriate and witty introduction to an fluff article about oral sex. Your actions directly contribute to a rape culture in this country and the world, which teaches sexual assault survivors that if they dare to speak out they risk, among rampant victim-blaming, being derided, being made fun of, and being used as fodder by a tasteless, unapologetic magazine such as yourself. We understood your sense of humor, loud and clear, Esquire. We heard that you think rape is not to be taken seriously and that sexual assault should be mocked. We are not sorry you offended us, and we think your magazine should write an article about one of the many organizations of men working to stop rape in order to counter the misogynistic, degrading voice you put forth today.
SlutWalk NYC believes that no one has a right to put their hands on you without your consent. We are part of a grassroots worldwide movement, working to challenge mindsets and stereotypes of victim-blaming and slut-shaming.