Thousands of feminist-minded individuals took to the streets on Saturday to protest against slut-shaming and victim-blaming in colourful SlutWalks. Melbourne joined Brisbane as the first of the Aussie SlutWalks after a careless line from a Canadian policeman -- telling university students not to “dress like sluts” if they wanted to avoid sexual assault -- turned into a global phenomenon.

From 1pm supporters gathered on the grass and steps of the State Library of Victoria to hear speeches, before marching down Swanston St and finishing at the Fitzroy Gardens, where The Age had set up a lavender coloured fabric backdrop to shoot pictures of the best-dressed protesters for an online gallery.