When are heels, skirts and shades of lipstick more than fashion decisions?
If the heels are high – if the skirt is short – if the lipstick is brighter than your natural lip shade – then these fashion choices become justifications for rape, often times. This sounds ridiculous – because it is. Skirts, dresses, shirts, lipsticks, tights… women’s clothing choices – It’s Fashion. Not a Justification for Rape.
Yet, in the context of sexual violence, aspects of women’s appearance are frequently cited as indications that they were “asking for it”. How many times have we heard these statements – “What was she wearing?” “She should know better than to wear that,” “She’s asking for it in that outfit” – on tv, on the streets, in the media?
As ridiculous as it is to use fashion as a justification for rape, equally ludicrous is the suggestion which underpins this myth – that women desire and cause sexual violence. No woman asks to be raped – ever. It’s as simple as that. Women should NOT EVER be held responsible for the behaviour of rapists or expected to base their fashion choices around the possibility that this might lead to an attack. Shoes, skirts, dresses, shirts, lipsticks, tights…women’s clothing choices – It’s Fashion. Not a Justification for Rape.