So, if my lovely readers have been involved in feminism and unbelievable rape culture for a while, I’m sure you have heard this story, as it is a bit dated. Nevertheless, it will always be relevant as long as these types of injustices remain.
A quick introduction, thanks to The New York Times, 1999
In the case on which the court ruled, an 18-year-old woman brought an accusation of rape in 1992 against her 45-year-old driving instructor in the small town of Muro Lucano, 60 miles from Naples. She said that during a driving lesson, he drove her to an isolated spot, forced her to get out, and raped her. He contended that they had consensual sex in the car.
A woman accused a man of rape in Italy. When it went to trial, it was decided that she could not have been raped, because she was wearing tight jeans. It was decided in a court of law that the woman must have assisted the man in taking off her pants. Therefore, it was not rape.
Ugh. Even if this shred of “defense” is true, does taking one’s pants off to avoid violence or death make it okay to penetrate someone without consent?
I bring this up because, in order to silently speak out against this atrocity, women are asked to wear jeans on April 27th. Though many of these clothing requests always seemed a bit arbitrary to me, I figured I would share the information. I wear jeans almost every day, but hey, for April 27th, I will be standing up against the rape culture in the world. If anyone will be standing with me, comment and let me know!