She Speaks The Truth ….

by An Ordinary Man (the novel)

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur is apparently catching flack because of her comment that the way some women dress is “an invitation” for sexual harassment – brava!  The argument, I guess, is that a woman should be able to dress however she wants to and be safe from catcalls, advances, etc.  This is not going to happen.  If a woman shows off more than a certain amount of her sexuality, men – some of them anyway – are going to react.

I’m reminded of the school dress codes that are ridiculed for calling leggings inappropriate, when said leggings show adolescent young men 99% of what lies beneath and then expect them to ignore their imaginations.  I can’t follow this argument for the life of me and also wonder what would happen if men started wearing skin-tight sleeveless t-shirts, bike shorts, and, why not, cod pieces in public.  I suspect the proper specimens would be inviting commentary.

While it is true that no matter how modest the apparel, men will be rude, gross, and coarse, putting yourself on display invites an unfortunate event at least as much as a guy wearing a gold Rolex or a Marines Kick Ass t-shirt.