caramel_tea (caramel_tea) wrote in feminist_101,

on rape, skimpy clothing and the male sex drive

A woman getting raped because she was wearing skimpy clothing by a man who got horny seeing her and/or felt "she deserved it anyway" is not justified, but I'm not quite sure what to make of "it's not justified because women have a right to wear skimpy clothing". My two cents:

1. Nobody deserves to be raped. Ever.

2. I guess I'm not really a fan of women (anybody, actually) wearing skimpy clothing. You have the right to dress in whatever way you want, but dressing skimpily comes across to me as objectifying yourself. And, even without that, I find it improper. Maybe women do or don't dress skimpily because they want to feel good about themselves/their sexuality (the only reasons I can think of that does not involve looking good for men), but I don't think it has to be done that way. Wanting to look good for yourself or being comfortable with the fact that you're a sexual being is good, but there are ways to do it that don't clash with propriety. (So yes, I admit that personal bias does color my opinion a bit.)

3. And it's sexist towards men as well. The way I see it, it's based on the notion of "boys will be boys". While it's accepted that the male sex drive is stronger than the female's, it doesn't mean that said sex drive is the only, or at least, the primary, thing that drives men. Men have brains, and they can control their raging hormones. They're not animals that operate on instinct and drives alone.

What do you think?
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