I Did Not Ask For It

October 25, 2007 at 5:36 pm (feminism) ()

A common reaction to the sexual harassment or assault of women by men is to say or imply that “she asked for it” because of how a woman looked or acted. Because some people need a little extra help understanding that sole responsibility for incidents of sexual harassment or assault is the aggressor’s, the London Feminist Network has started a really cool project which aims to collect pictures of clothing items or outfits that women were wearing when harassed or assaulted with the words “I did not ask for it” incorporated somehow into the picture or outfit. The idea being to demonstrate that aggressors act of their own accord and are to be held accountable for their actions, that the inevitable variety of submissions and clothing types represented will disprove the myth that women who “ask for it” must dress or act “slutty” (not that it matters if they do), and ultimately, that clothing is completely beside the point anyway.

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1 Comment

  1. Life With Buck said,

    The London project is awesome, what a great idea. Too many people have it somewhere in the back of their mind that the victim did “something” to provoke her attacker. This is definitely a cool idea and I hope it reaches a lot of people.

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