Interesting connection between ‘rape culture’ and ‘modesty culture’

The analysis is kind of brilliant — the ‘rape culture’ “logic” is pretty well-documented.  It pretty much comes down to a woman is “asking for it” if she happens to dress or act in a way that provokes men to ogle — and then commit sexual violence.

The thing she notes about ‘modesty culture’ is that it too puts the onus on women to cover up, to conform to their standards of dress in order to avoid making men turn into salivating dogs —

Both are ways the patriarchy works to control women’s bodies.  Both also presume some pretty awful things about men — that they can’t control themselves or their sexuality.


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August 24, 2013 · 4:59 pm

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