Perhaps the reason so many women fear they will be blamed for what happened is because they hear things like, “Women wearing inappropriate clothes arouse men…You know what men are like — provocative clothing will make them do things.”
Such were comments from Indonesian House of Representative speaker Marzuki Alie in response to an announcement from parliament that rules are being drafted to ban female lawmakers from wearing “provocative” clothing such as miniskirts to work.
According to the deputy head of the household affairs committee, which is spearheading the new regulation, “miniskirts and skimpy clothes are an invitation to male lawmakers.”
Comments like these are not only insulting to women, but to men too. Suggesting that men cannot control themselves and are driven to rape any woman in a skirt is offensive. That being said, rape is not about what a woman is wearing. Rape is about power and control. Let’s get that straight.
It’s imperative that the Indonesia government take steps to protect women from violence, but picking apart their wardrobe is a step in the wrong direction.
What do you think? Are you offended by the comments? Do you think women are less likely to report being raped because they are afraid they will be blamed for what happened?
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