When Canadian students at a university safety forum were advised that
provocative clothing encourages sexual harassment, they protested by
organizing the SlutWalk. Law enforcement may view conservative dress as a form of risk management, but not everyone sees it that way. For Slutwalkers, sporting the “perfect plummage” is a right, not a hedge. As moms of teenage girls, the message resonates, but we still worry.
The right to look isn’t the right to touch. True that, but it’s even more complicated. “Slut” is in the eyes of the beholder. The thong bikini that’s routine in Rio gets you jailed in Tehran. Defining provocative attire is not completely clear cut in a diverse world.
Self expression butts head with safety. What’s your view?
Julie and Jennie