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Exactly the wrong response to gang rape March 17, 2011

Filed under: appearance,rape — Jender @ 10:41 am

Dress codes! Wow. Does it get any more victim-blamey than that?? Hey, actually it does:

“There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute,” Passidomo declared.

Where the hell does one even start with this? [Obscenities deleted]

(Thanks, Jender-parents!)


7 Responses to “Exactly the wrong response to gang rape”

  1. Tom Morris Says:

    Uniforms/dress codes might work. They might have a whole stack of positive benefits. They probably won’t stop rape, but it is an option worth exploring.

    Using a rape to bootstrap the issue of school uniforms/dress codes? Stay classy, Texas.

  2. […] No. It wasn’t because she was dressed in any way shape or form, it was because the guys were not fit company for dogs. […]

  3. Simone Says:

    Meanwhile, in Missouri … Sign this petition, please. The author and I wrote it, and we could really use the support.


  4. X Says:

    Tom– dress codes do absolutely nothing to prevent rape– I should know since I attended catholic school. What will work to prevent rape? Education of young boys and men on CONSENT — an issue which is almost completely ignored in favor of “boys will be boys and we can’t possibly consider trying to change their behavior”

  5. Bakka Says:

    I believe that imposing dress codes on women are quite a common response to men’s bad behaviour. If I remember correctly, when France banned school-aged girls from wearing a hijab, this was in response to men/boys who had harassed both girls who chose to wear hijab and those who chose not to. It seems all too common to restrict women’s freedom when (some) men have done something wrong.

    I do not endorse this response, but I do not find it surprising.

  6. j Says:

    Rape is not about sex, it is about power…and violence…and causing pain…

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