I came across and article today from a link on Yahoo to Examiner.com that enraged me where I typically get some of my news of the day. I read that Richard Graham, a British lawmaker, suggested that “short skirts risk rape.” This is a generalization. I am sure that women who wear pants have just as high of a risk of getting raped as women that wear skirts do. In my opinion, I think rape happens when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to Examiner.com, “he insists the comment isn’t what it sounds like. He wasn’t blaming women’s sexy outfits for attracting rapists but rather opining that short skirts and high heels make it easier for a woman to fend off and escape her attacker.” Trust me if a woman wants to get away from someone trying to rape her, she would throw the heels aside and run like the wind to get away. A short skirt does not mean squat.
This article relates to chapter 3 discussing femininity, because part of what makes us different then a male is the ability to be able to wear a skirt and cute high heeled shoes in our daily lives. As a girl we want to be able to wear cute clothes, and if it happens to include a skirt then that is our choice. In our textbook “Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions,” suggest that “doing gender in terms of femininity involves speaking, walking, looking, and acting in certain ways: in feminine ways.” For me, I identify with a woman who wears heels and a skirt, because in our culture that is what we know women to look like.
In addition to my anger, women’s groups across the globe are angered at this comment as well. These groups are angered that they should be held “responsible for being raped if they chose wrong attire.” Wearing a skirt is no different than wearing pants, although it might be more sexy that does not mean you are asking for it.