A case study from Bristol, Virginia:
Nineteen-year-old Keshia Canter handed three burgers, fries and milkshakes to a car-load of Tuesday afternoon customers at the Hi-Lo Burger’s drive-though window. A lady sitting in the backseat leaned forward, between the two men in front, and handed her a leaflet: “Women & Girls” it said across the top.
“Even though nothing is showing, you’re being ungodly,” Canter recalled the woman telling her. “You make men want to be sinful.”
“You may have been given this leaflet because of the way you are dressed,” it begins. “Have you thought about standing before the true and living God to be judged?”
It continues with one essential theme: The sins of men are, in part, the fault of women, specifically women in tight-fitting clothing. Yates was annoyed. Then she got to a section on page two:
“Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin,” the leaflet states. “By the way, some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly. So can we really say they were innocent victims?”
Uh, yes. Yes we can say that. This is nothing more than the old "she-was-asking-for-it" blame-the-victim mentality.
For the sake of argumnet, let's buy the premise that men lust "in their heats" after women generally, especially good-looking women, especially good-looking women in tight-fitting clothes. Hey, I'm a guy — I'll cop to that plea.
But here's the thing: I don't go around raping them. I, along with 99.9% of other men, have this thing called "restraint" and "morality".
And what if, for some reason, I chose to abandon those things and rape some of these women I, however fleetingly, "lust" after? Well, that the point — it's a choice. A choice that I made. The victim? Not her fault, regardless of what she might be wearing.
I can't believe we are even having this discussion in the 21st century.
These pious misogynistic Neanderthals need to be stoned. And I don't mean in a good way; I mean, in the biblical sense.