If we’re going to protect women, let’s do it properly.

The topic of who’s to blame for rape is red-hot right now in the wake of comments by Paul Quinn and discussions about Slutwalk. And I’ve been thinking a lot about rape culture and victim-blaming. In light of these serious discussions about the role of clothing in rape and how it’s not a woman’s fault for being raped but she could’ve been more careful or something, the idea of ‘slutty’ clothing comes up often. And oh so helpful people have explained to me that slutty clothing makes you an easy target and let’s people know certain things about you that they might just have to act on. Short skirts are not as innocent as they appear. And I figure that if provocative clothing is really so dangerous, and so culpable in the act of rape as people keep saying, why is slutty clothing even allowed to exist? If an outfit is “designed to turn men on” (13th comment in the comments section), and it is so dangerous for women to wear such outfits and send these siren song messages of whoreishness, and these things are actual factual real risk-elevators for the act of rape, then why are we not just trying to outright ban them? I mean, we as a society obviously care about our women- after all, we’re just trying to protect them by telling them what clothing is “safe” and what is rape-lust-inducing, so we obviously care about the safety of women! But if we know these types of clothing to be so key in rape and have such power to drive the urges of rapists, then why aren’t we going that extra step further to protect women and calling for slutty clothing to be banned full-stop? I mean, it’s not like women need to wear miniskirts, right? And bad things happen when women do wear miniskirts. So why don’t we get rid of these horrible rape-facilitating items? Don’t we care about protecting women???  If something like a short skirt has potential to incite such an awful sexual crime, then it isn’t enough to say “don’t wear that to the club while you’re drunk”- after all, that isn’t the only place you could wear a short skirt. We need to stop focusing on women who dress like whores when they’re out on a Friday night- the power of the short skirt is obviously somehow inherant in the skirt itself and thus can be wielded in any location or at any time. I’m wearing a skirt right now, at work, and the hemline hits me mid-thigh. I shouldn’t be allowed to wear something to work that has the power to provoke rape! Why isn’t anyone stopping me? Do you people who say “she isn’t to blame, but is wearing that kind of outfit really wise..?” only care about those sluts in bars?

The only solution: total miniskirt ban. And probably a ban on v-neck tops just to be on the safe side. I mean, maybe we could make an allowance for a woman who wants to wear a short skirt for the purpose of titiallating her husband in her own home in the context of maritial relations- as long as the curtains are closed so no rapists can see it and be compelled to rape her. Seriously; all you people out there who are trying to help us ladies by letting us know that what we wear out on the town could be a bad choice: why don’t you care? Why are you half-assing this campaign to stop rape? Are your cries of “but I’m only trying to  keep you safe!” not actually true? If you were really trying to keep us safe you would  ban the demon miniskirts from ever touching the legs of another woman again, and we would all be safe from rape, hooray!

 

2 Comments

  1. Megan says:

    “And probably a ban on v-neck tops just to be on the safe side.”

    The problem is, that’s _all_ my tops. So I’m gonna have to go round naked, and I am pretty sure that won’t help.

    • steph says:

      Haha, it’s all my tops too.

      I’ve been thinking that I could repurpose all my short skirts by sewing them together into one long skirt. Instant modesty!