Friday, January 12, 2018

Dress Is Not a Reason to Rape

By Barrington H. Brennen

 Perhaps I cannot exhaust the topic of sex and dress in this column.  No matter what I write, some people will always hold on to the opinion that dress “causes” men to rape women.    In my recent article, I stressed that dress has nothing to do with it.  It is about power and control, anger or a degrading view of women.

I am not saying that sexually revealing clothing is okay or that it does not arouse on-lookers.  Arousal is one thing, but personal discipline, common sense, and self-control must rule the mind.  If a woman dresses on a night out at the club in such a way that she wants a man to seduce her or she will seduce him, that is a far cry from rape.

I do wish that our women would dress more appropriately in public.  I have seen so many women in public that look as though they should not have left their bedrooms.  Sometimes you can tell if they are wearing thongs, no bras, or where all their curves are.  Does dress reveal who you are or your intention?  Can dress impact how you feel or perform on the job?   Yes.   For many years social scientists have studied the impact of dress on behavior.   The results are stunning.  However, note that no research empirically states that dress “causes” rape.  Read more >>