Is that what this pretzel-logic society has come to? A few police officers in Brooklyn, New York have taken to proactively warning scantily clad young women that their attire is attracting a local rapist who is still on the loose, and prowling for more victims.
One might think that young women walking home from the gym in short-shorts and a t-shirt would be glad to get the warning that shorts, and especially skirts, showing a lot of flesh, are the rapist’s targets. Not so.
Not only was one such woman ungrateful, Lauren (her reported name), and others, are expressing outrage. Lauren complained: “I can’t wear shorts?”1 Reportedly, “she would prefer that he focus on apprehending the suspects, rather than the dressing choices of women.”2 Though her father disagrees with her, Lauren has bought into the idea that what women wear should be of no consequence to others.
One wonders if that is the is the process of assessing she uses in the mirror when dressing for a date she wishes to impress, and attract.
The others who are chastising the prudent police warnings come from a group called Safe Slope (SS), which is an organization that sprang up in response to the current wave of rapes in Brooklyn Spokespersons from SS also criticized the police for warning women of assailant’s profile/proclivities, and their criticism is telling.
Why don’t they want potential victims alerted? According to Jessica Silk, an SS founder, the warning is “completely inappropriate.”3 Let’s here Silk’s logic out:
Unfortunately this might be a common link between the women that were attacked but the message shouldn’t be that you shouldn’t wear a skirt. The message should be that, ‘Here are ways that you can protect yourself.’4
Obviously, it hasn’t occurred to Silk that taking one’s self off a predator’s menu is a way of protecting yourself.
No, instead, the Feminist’s twisted logic prevails. Women should be allowed to wear whatever they want to wear, and that should make no difference whatsoever—no difference to their husbands, to their fathers, and to would-be rapists.
Alright. Women can wear anything they desire. It’s true. But is it safe?
Here’s one for Feminists who would truly like to see less women molested. Try invoking the ‘Environmentally Sound’ provision for safety. For example: Lauren, you could wear lead boots to go scuba diving, if you wanted to. But that would not be sound judgment for a scuba environment. Neither is it sound judgment to go more naked than less naked in a rapist’s environment. And speaking of wardrobe, take off those Feminists’ boots before they drown you.
1 -4. Sumathi Reddy, “A Thin Line on Skirts,” Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2011.