Don’t Dress Like a Whore

31 Aug

So by now we have all heard about Krista Ford’s (Rob Ford’s niece) infamous tweet: “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defense classes & don’t dress like a whore. #DontBeAVictim #StreetSmart”. 

And I hope you have all had the opportunity to read Alice Moran’s letter “to a lot of people, but specifically Krista Ford.” If not, read it here. It is very courageous and well-written and deserves the attention it is getting. 

This post follows up very nicely to my previous blog about masculism. Comments like Krista Ford’s harm both men and women. It puts the blame for sexual assault on the perpetrator, not the victim. It is not a woman’s responsibility to not be raped. It is a man’s responsibility to not rape. Comments like this also reduce men to sex-crazed animals incapable of making moral and logical decisions – because obviously if a man sees a woman’s cleavage he just can’t help but forcibly have sex with her against her will. Men are better than that and society needs to hold them to that.

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