A few weeks ago I ran a piece called "How Do You Know If You Are a Slut?"
and I cited an incident last year where a Toronto cop told a group of a law students that to avoid rapes "women should avoid dressing like sluts". This sparked an obvious outrage and rally of "Slut Walks" crossed the globe.
Some of your comments surprised me. A few of you agreed with Michael Sanguinetti's implication that a woman's dress was a factor in an assault, and that she was partially responsible for her rape. Some of you even went as far to say that women who "dressed like sluts" were asking for it.
Now I know that Xanga is a largely conservative community when it comes to sex and dating, but I wanted to put this conversation back on the table anyways. I fail to see how what a woman wears dictates whether or not a rape will occur.
I live in a major metropolitan city and I know that certain outfits will incite unwanted comments. That is one thing. If you show your legs in a major city you will get "cat-calls" from men (and women). But I highly doubt that if I was walking through a lesser neighborhood at night that a rapist would care whether I was wearing sweatpants or a mini-skirt. A rapist simply doesn't think about things like that. It's about being a predator to prey. I doubt that if I was wearing a bubble coat opposed to a halter-top that it would defer someone from getting what they want.
Readers: Are we "asking for it" when we wear short skirts? What is "dressing like a slut"?Image Source