Freedom of idiocy
Over the last few years the subject of dressing as a ‘slut’ has become a reoccurring theme in the media with huge allegations being made regarding sexism as well as claims that women’s rights are in jeopardy. I personally am against the public belief, taking the position that if young ladies dress inappropriately they are more exposed to sexual indecency. Now I know my stance on this sensitive subject may seem outlandish and extremely sexist, and such comments have been the backbone for people being laid off from their place of employment but I, like everyone, am just trying to make sense of this crazy world.
Being brought up with old fashioned values I have been equipped with the upmost respect for the opposite sex; I might also mention that coming from a family containing four women I know the obsolete power of the female species, an unrivalled power I might add. It is however the society we live in that has created a predisposition for men to associate women in minimal clothing as sex symbols or the more urban term ‘slut’. Each day, as being part of this modern and capital society we are bombarded with an assault of media that seeks to entrench within us the association between girls in erotic clothing and sex. Just looking at various modern music videos, advertisements as well as the obscenity of concepts such as ‘lingerie football’ (a sport in United States where women play American Football wearing very sexy lingerie). It has become apparent that it is mechanisms like this that have become the driving force for teenagers as well as young men to develop a predisposition, a disposition that pronounces women who expose themselves as more likely to engage in acts of a sexual nature. Think about it, as humans we rely on perception to dictate our thoughts and actions and with what we are told and have been exposed to. A classic example of this is that if we were to imagine a normal human being dressed in a police outfit we would look to them for safety and security much like adolescent men may view women who dress as ‘sluts’ to act in a way they have conjured up. It is not a pleasant thought but let’s be honest most people will judge a book by its cover.
In 2011 Constable Michael Sanguinetti lost his employment as a county Sheriff after a comment he made suggested women should dress more appropriately if they wish to the avoid being the subject of sexual attention. I find this decision to be extreme, considering Sanguinetti a member of the law and as such has a duty to act in the best interests of the public; although his comment was ill judge was it not worthy of his dismissal. Just like women are conditioned to see men who ride motorbikes as ‘hunk’s men who view women in tight or enticing clothing are going to perceive them as more sexually vulnerable.
Following Sanguinetti comments groups began to form on social media sites such as Facebook and twitter demanding more respect for women and out of it came the now annual ‘slut walk’, where young women parade around in as few clothes as imaginable in order to prove a point, a point that alludes me. And I have met some males who attended this walk, not to march for the motives and objectives of the rally but more interpreting it as a prime opportunity to take advantage of girls. Now don’t get me wrong, the actions of these men even astonished me with the idiocy but it does act to reinforce the irony of the event.
Now for my final point I must say that I believe girls who dress in such a manner that deems them necessary for the term ‘slut’ does not make them one at all, however it is the mentality of young men that creates this interpretation. If we are to change this we must look at the foundation of society and our rapid inclusions of what is deemed socially acceptable. Instead we are blaming individuals such as constable Sanguinetti and parading the street in a barbaric fashion.
Time to change.