|A Vindication of the Rights of Whores (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's niece, Krista Ford, recently came under fire for tweeting that women can avoid sexual assault and stay safe by not dressings like whores.
It seems to me there are two separate issues in that tweet.
The first one is staying safe.
Staying safe involves keeping away from dangerous places, avoiding questionable people, being prepared for emergencies when you are driving in your car, not being alone when walking around at night, etc. etc.
All the usual unfair stuff.
But staying safe doesn't have anything to do with what you are wearing.
You could be in your glorious bare nakedness
or in your favourite burka,
it wouldn't matter to a rapist.
Clothes don't cause rape.
The other issue has to do with how women are judged in our society.
The reason whores dress like whores is because they are in the business of selling their bodies not their minds.
Therefore if whoring is not how you put bread on the table then you need to get rid of those low riding shorts.
You know - the ones that show your tat.
You want people to think that you are a mindless, cheap slut who gets on her knees for a toonie?