Feminism Fodder

Wearing Skinny Jeans?

If so, you cannot be raped. Or sexually assaulted.

Apparently, skinny jeans are so tight that they cannot be taken off without one’s consent. And it was on this basis that 23 year old Sydney man Nicholas Gonzalez was acquitted of the sexual assault of a 24 year old woman he knew. The defendant argued that the sex was consensual. The woman claimed she was raped. Medical examination found evidence of trauma around the victim’s genital region.

In 2008, men were acquitted in separate incidents of raping a couple of women in Korea and in Italy because the women were wearing skinny jeans.

While I am not here to say whether this Sydney incident was or was not rape, I think basing the outcome on a pair of skinny jeans is nothing short of a farce. Who said the jeans need to be pulled off completely in order for a woman to be raped? Skinny jeans are not that hard to be pulled down to the knees…even without the woman’s help. Skinny jeans are tight, sure. But they are not that tight that they cannot be pulled off. Particularly in this Sydney case where the woman was a size 6 and weighed on 42 kgs.

Once again the judicial system shows how to blame a woman for what has happened.

What next?

A man getting acquitted for raping a woman wearing a short tight mini skirt because there was no way he could force her to spread her legs without her actually wanting to?

Because with this kind of verdict, I fear that’s where we are headed. It sets a precedent for every other case.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Cate P
    5 May 2010 at 12:57 am

    Far out. I have no idea if it was rape, or wasn’t. I can’t say because I wasn’t there. But you’re right, the verdict should not be given based on what someone was wearing. A sad sign.

  • Psych Babbler
    5 May 2010 at 1:01 am

    Exactly! I mean, it’d be different if they said the woman’s version wasn’t adding up or if there were gaps in her story…but seriously, skinny jeans?! I am used to this kind of thing happening in other countries but never thought I’d see something like this occur in Aus. I just hope we are not regressing…

  • Shilpa
    5 May 2010 at 3:23 am

    Shocking Indeed 🙁

  • ItsNu
    5 May 2010 at 6:14 am

    skinny jeans or not..RAPE is a rape..and that’s that ! why blame women of what they wear…girls wearing other outfits don’t get raped or what !

  • bookslifenmore
    5 May 2010 at 6:14 am

    Don’t tell me this was for real!!! Totally absurd!!!

    Makes you wonder that does the judiciary really deserve the responsibility that they are given?

  • harini
    5 May 2010 at 6:35 am

    Thats stupidity. I m not commenting on the rape but on the verdict. I means wth, basing a verdict as important as that on jeans? As you said they can be pulled with force. Damn!

  • Sam Liu
    5 May 2010 at 7:18 am

    What an abominable story, it’s at times like these that I despair and begin to doubt humanity’s moral compass…once again, the state subjugates the female sex, when will is stop?

  • lazy pineapple
    5 May 2010 at 11:41 am

    This is like saying a women in a sari cannot be raped cause she is wearing such a voluminous outfit. This is nuts..to pass verdict on basis of clothes. Does that mean, a skinny jeans is a deterrent to rapists?

    eeeks….is all I can say…

  • Titaxy
    5 May 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Shame, such a shame.

  • Solilo
    5 May 2010 at 8:10 pm

    WTH!

    I can’t comment on the rape issue but the reasoning for the verdict is stupid.

  • theketchupgirl
    6 May 2010 at 2:15 am

    WTF news of the century. Whether rape was committed or not is a separate matter, what’s revolting here is the manner in which the case has been handled. Taking logic to a new level all together.

  • comfortablynam
    6 May 2010 at 4:32 am

    This makes the justice system a big joke..and breaks all the trust we have in it.. This is like going back to ‘A women was wearing xyz clothes and was asking for it’ argument.

    What has whatever or whoever the women in these cases wearing have to do with anything?

  • Magali
    6 May 2010 at 10:12 am

    Yikes! That’s both disgusting & scary. I feel your outrage.

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 3:54 am

    Tell me about it!

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 4:05 am

    Exactly! I think if they had acquitted the guy based on other evidence or even the girl’s story not matching up, I could understand. But just the assumption that skinny jeans can’t be pulled without cooperation is plain ridiculous.

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:34 am

    I couldn’t believe it myself!

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:56 am

    Tell me about it…it would have been totally different if the outcome had been based on say, her story not matching up or something biological…but jeans??!!

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:57 am

    I agree…you have to wonder what goes on in people’s minds to base an important decision on something as trivial…

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:58 am

    Y’know what…I hadn’t even thought of that but you are spot on about the sari analogy! And yet, we know women with saris get raped as well…

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:58 am

    🙁

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:58 am

    Exactly my sentiments!

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 6:59 am

    Totally agree with you KG!

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 7:00 am

    Exactly! It’s the same as in other countries where women are blamed…you would have thought that a developed country would base a judgement like that on something better, something more substantial…

  • Psych Babbler
    9 May 2010 at 7:00 am

    I know!

  • Dual Sim Phones
    9 August 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I love skinny jeans

  • Psych Babbler
    16 September 2010 at 2:03 am

    Exactly my sentiments!