sluts across america
“sluts across america: a birth control advocacy project” is a participatory internet project designed to highlight the absurdity of the “war on women” waged by conservative members of american society, and designed to highlight the universality of support for accessible contraception. the homepage is a large map of the united states, littered with markers indicating the locations of women and men who self-identify as supporters of birth control.
submitters call themselves “sluts” in an effort to reclaim this derogatory name and classification from those who use it to assassinate the character of the people who choose to protect themselves and be responsible about sexual health. site users across the country can upload their stories (including recording a video into the browser if they choose) and automatically have their markers included on the map.
the site went viral within 48 hours of official launch and has gathered over 9,000 submissions since April 23, 2012. it was built with ruby (using the sinatra framework), and uses HTML5 and the google maps API on the front end.
the data collected from the project was used to create a sister site, "slut solidarity", which remixes all of the collected text using markov chains to create new posts every time the page is refreshed. the intent is to illuminate the striking similarity between the reasons that individual contributors have given for supporting birth control. each new post that is under 140 characters is cross-posted to a twitter feed. "slut solidarity" was built with python (using the flask framework) and the twitter API.