Are women who dress provocatively responsible for unwanted attention?
I have again been a little absent, my last post was 5 days ago but I managed to return without much delay. Since I was a little short of ideas and brainstorming seemed so exhausting at the moment, I decided to go to my favorite place for ideas- @ecotrain. There I found the latest question of the week (QOTW) that the passengers had answered and I decided to do it too. So the question is:
Are women who dress provocatively responsible for unwanted attention or should men learn to control themselves?
This is one question that keeps doing the rounds on social media and usual conversations quite often here in the society I live in. And the religious extremists often end it by saying that if a women does dress up provocatively, the consequences that follow afterwards are her responsibility. So whether she is raped or assaulted, it is on her. While often people blame Islam for being such an extremist religion, the truth is far from that. Even in Islam, it is not on the woman or how she dresses the results that follow afterwards. Our religion advises both men and women to lower their gaze and guard their modesty; it is not just a woman's job to do that.
Keeping religion aside, I strongly believe that the way a women dresses up doesn't have much to do with the attention she gets. I see women burqa cladded women (burqa is a piece of clothing that is like a long flowing dress and covers you completely) getting undue attention from the men around her. I have even seen men not staring at girls dressed skimpily so honestly men can control themselves and women are in no way to be blamed for receiving unwanted attention.
Even a study proves that the way a woman dresses up is no longer a determinant of whether or not she will be raped. Rape victims have been those dressed in long skirts, pants and clothes that in no way make you appear attractive or sexy. So why is it then the way a woman dresses up is still considered a huge factor in her garnering unwanted attention? Why is that she is blamed for the attention she receives and for unfortunate consequences that follow through? Honestly, I think because men and the patriarchal society we live in find women an easy target to blame. Since they are right and can never be wrong, they must find someone else to throw the blame on and who is better for that than shameless women right? This is quite a common behavior prevalent in most societies: when you don't know who to hold accountable for an issue because you cannot accept your responsibility, find someone you consider weak and raise all eyes at him/ her! That's the right way to go about it and that's why women and their sense of dressing is the reason for all the societal issues that they experience.
What are your views on this one?
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