- Unnatural selection about the unnatural imbalance between the sexes where abortion is used to preferentially select for a boy baby
- Girls abducted, raped, married, and forcibly converted about the increasing trend – particularly in Islamic countries (700 girls per year reported in Pakistan alone – and who knows how many unreported) – for people with status and political clout to steal the daughters of those without.
Contempt before birth isn’t suddenly going to become respect after. Watch for it to become worse.
Meanwhile, here in New Zealand, we’ve followed the example of the series of Slutwalk marches that began with a stupid remark by a Canadian police officer. In a lecture to a group of university students about how to keep themselves safe, he said that they could protect themselves by avoiding dressing like sluts.
The message of the walks was that rape is the fault of the rapist; that rapists don’t select their victims based on what they wear.
And the choice of name was brilliant for attracting media coverage – would a ‘blame the rapist’ walk have generated so many column inches? I don’t think so.
But it was less than brilliant in other ways. I don’t identify with the term ‘slut’. For six centuries, since it entered the English language, it has had the dual meanings sexually promiscuous, and dirty and slovenly. What is there to like? The Canadian policeman didn’t say what he meant by ‘dressing like a slut’. His message was clear enough for a small minority of the marchers to wear their shortest skirts, their highest heels, and their tightest, lowest cut tops.
I dislike that type of outfit on three grounds: objectification, dignity, and charity.
We live in a world where women are – in many countries – disposable property; where even in the West, women fight to be taken seriously, where a top business executive can suggest that pay parity is unfair because women take more time off due to their menstruation (CORRECTION: I was referring to a local story, and Seeker points out in the comments below that I got it wrong – but the pay parity issue is still a relevant one). In such a world, it doesn’t help to dress as if you value being objectified as a collection of body parts.
That’s related to the point about dignity. It seems to me that dressing to attract the terms ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ is undignified. I’ve kept cats and dogs, and I’ve seen their behaviour when they’re in season. I have no desire – outside of the privacy of my own long-term committed relationship – to make that kind of display or attract that kind of interest. I think it to be undignified.
And charity – to those whose physical response to visual signals is programmed by their biology. Yes, they’re responsible for their actions. They’re to blame if they don’t accept rejection if they ‘come on’ to a scantily clad woman. But it is uncharitable to go out in public deliberately dressed in a way that arouses.
At the end of the day, in the light of the gendercide; in the light of the kidnappings and rape of underclass women, the Western preoccupation with being allowed to dress as we please seems really trivial.