Deciding how women should dress
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Covering the face is banned in France while recent report shows that public opinion in Europe is that women should expect to be sexually assaulted if they wear too little. Rachel is one of a large number of girls who often gets called a feminist for focusing on theories about the inferiority of men’s self-control and emotional capacity in her various roles as advocate of women’s rights. But when she was attacked in the street after leaving a bar in a mini-dress, it took some time for her to realise that it wasn’t her fault; this despite previously having lobbied the government to address the current reality in the UK, which is that most cases of rape will go unreported. Perhaps surprisingly, the sexes do not seem to be divided on this issue. Haven’s “Wake up to rape” Report Summary of 2010 shows that women are “less forgiving than men” when it comes to blaming the victims for rape. It seems women blame themselves by way of course, and so does everyone else. Harvard Report also found that “dressing provocatively” was the fourth in the reasons why a victim should take responsibility for the crime. Interestingly, Rachel was attacked the same day France banned the covering of the face in all public places. It is hard not to spot the contradiction there: forcing liberty on women by telling them to show more skin, in a society where if you’re raped, it’s your fault for showing too much skin.
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