If you saw this girl on the street, what would you think? If you're a dude reading this, you'd probably walk into a light pole. If you're a chick, you might think "bitch." Or feel really fat.
But, would you think she deserves to be raped? I certainly hope not. What if you found out she was dressed like this when she was raped? Would a tiny part of you think, "Well, sure." Now, what if she found out she was pregnant? Would you support forcing her to keep the baby of her rapist? If the rapist was her father? If having the baby would kill her?
These questions would seem like easy ones to answer, at least, they would be for me. I would think they'd be easy for anyone to answer, but as I'm finding out, I'd be dead wrong. There is an assault on women going on right now, and we are being raped of our rights in more and more legislatures across the country . . . and most of us aren't paying any attention at all.
Take some comments made earlier this month in the Kansas state legislature. Rep DeGraaf was debating banning insurance companies from covering abortions (he was firmly in support of the ban), and when a female Rep wanted the bill to allow abortion in the case of rape or incest, DeGraaf suggested that such a measure was unnecessary. That women should plan ahead for being raped, and compared it to his carrying a life insurance policy, or having a spare tire for his car. As though rape is as inevitable as death, or women should expect rape like they would expect to one day get a flat tire.
Idaho recently passed anti-abortion legislation, stating that "the hand of the Almighty" was behind rape and incest, and that women who conceive under such violent circumstances should look on it as a chance to "see His mysterious ways at work".
An Indiana state Rep claimed that women will lie to get an abortion if we allow them for victims of rape or incest.
And, of course, the House recently voted to defund Planned Parenthood, with Rep John Kyl erroneously declaring that 90% of their services go for providing abortions, and that federally funding Planned Parenthood would be federally funding abortion. Later, it was shown, according to actual, you know, facts, that only 4% of Planned Parenthood's services go towards providing abortions. Rep Kyl's people quickly said that his statements were not meant to be factual. Imagine someone in our government bothering with actual facts.
Add to all this the recent stories about the controversy in France over the IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged rape of a hotel maid. Instead of outrage over the act, the French media swung the other way, defending Strauss-Kahn and demonizing the victim. And, an Australian school recently sent a letter home to parents warning that the way their girls dress encourages pedophiles.
Women reading this: Are we heading for the days when rape will again be considered our fault? When we will have to pay the price for someone else's crimes with our bodies and our minds? Or, did we ever really get past those days? Maybe you think you'll never have to worry about these questions personally, and I hope you don't. But, I can almost guarantee that you you know someone who will be affected by these questions, and we should all care about the answers.
Men reading this: Do you look at the picture above and still think she deserves it? Even a little bit? If you do, it seems like you agree with quite a few lawmakers. If you don't, for God's sake, do something about it.