Another newly-minted scapegoat. Identified.

The mini-skirts are becoming the scapegoat for social ills such as prostitution, sex trafficking, and pornography. Women are banned from wearing mini-skirts in Indonesia, in some cities in Mexico.   Women are fighting for their right to wear mini-skirts and not to be considered a slut in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The solution to ban mini-skirts in some countries resulted from weighting the odds of the public following “Don’t look” vs. “Don’t wear” rules. From decisions made on the matter in Indonesia and some parts of Mexico, it could be implied that the odds were not in favor of the former.  It was easier to ban mini-skirts than to educate the public that “Slut is an attitude, not a look,” just the way it was easier to warn the public about the consequences of heavy drinking by referring to a possibility of date rape and blaming the intoxicated victim of sexual assault, not the perpetrator in “Date rape” anti-drinking campaign in the United States.

The consequences of anti-drinking promotion campaigns. Unintended.

 mini-skirtsThe debate between “Don’t be that guy” or “Don’t rape” vs. “Date rape”/“Don’t get raped” attitudes  has emerged in 2010-2011 with the help of SAVE, Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (Canada), and the Pennsylvania Liquor Board (United States) respectively. Both organizations wanted to spread awareness about dangers of binge drinking around the same time. But the result of their efforts turned out to be different. As a consequence of the public outcry about the victim of sexual assault being blamed for it, the U.S. “Date rape” campaign was withdrawn, paving the way for a social change understanding, when it comes to binge drinking consequences and blaming the perpetrator vs. the victim of sexual assault for what had happened. At the same time, Canadian “Don’t be that guy” anti-drinking campaign was acclaimed for spreading awareness about excessive drinking and for sending a warning to possible sexual assault perpetrators that sex without consent is a crime (i.e., the consent to sexual actions could not be given if one party is unconscious or intoxicated). Since that time, however, the situation surrounding this and related to it matters of human trafficking/slavery/kidnapping worldwide is turned for the worse.

A ban on mini-skirts: Fighting prostitution? Sex slavery? Or pornography? Implied.

Indonesia and a few Mexican cities (with Ciudad Acuña, Mexico being the most recent) implemented what could have been interpreted as “Don’t get raped” policies. Indonesia defended its stance by saying that those efforts are to ban pornography, on the streets. However, since pornography is represented by explicit sexual media images, the move of the authorities in Iceland is making more sense; they decided to suggest to ban pornography, online.  So far Indonesian authorities explained their decision by pointing out that mini-skirts “make men do things.” At the same time, Mexican authorities admitted that they wanted to prevent provocative behavior on the part of women possibly engaged in prostitution. They also hinted to possible dangers of sex slavery emanating from women wearing mini-skirts. According to the top security officer in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico: “Women can use miniskirts and “provactive” attire to engage in prostitution, to provoke fights, or to lure kidnapping victims.”

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