Short Skirt Rape Comment: Richard Graham Tells Women What To Wear To 'Avoid Rape'
Rape comments have flooded into our homes through media outlets for the past few months but the recent short skirt rape comment takes the cake.
Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, has caused a stir from his remark that women are seeking out the possibility of being raped because of the clothes they wear. Women are outraged to say the least.
"A night out is about having fun without putting yourself at risk," Gloucester said.
And by risk, this gentleman essentially means ditch the heels for some running shoes so you can get away from a potential attacker quicker.
"If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through a park early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes, and there's a predator ... if you are blind drunk wearing those clothes how able are you to get away?"
Gloucester said that although the police presence is heavily populated, "life doesn't give you full protection from a predator all the time".
He then suggests that women should look after ourselves at all times. But why should women worry about themselves when they have you, Gloucester, to worry for them!
In addition Gloucester explains that it's not about "the impact of your clothes on a potential predator" but whether or not the clothes you're wearing make it harder to get away from a predator.
Joanna Lumley, who plays the drunk Patsy Stone character on "Absolutely Fabulous," also agreed with Gloucester's "short skirt rape'" sentiment.
The 66-year-old woman took on the position as a "role model" to encourage young women not to get drunk and wear "trashy" clothes.
Lumley suggests that being intoxicated while wearing promiscuous clothes makes you vulnerable.
"I promise you it is better to look after yourself properly, which means behave properly, be polite, be on time, dress properly -- I don't mean dully -- but don't be sick in the gutter at midnight in a silly dress with no money to get a taxi home, because somebody will take advantage of you, either they'll rape you, or they'll knock you on the head or they'll rob you."
The actress then continued to say that she never staggered around drunk in "funky" clothing because it's bad. She continued to say that our species should not behave in such a crude manner.
So next time you and your gal pals go to the hottest club in the city, stay sober, wear running shoes, no cleavage, loose pants and make sure you put lemon juice under your finger nails JUST IN CASE.
I think these two took The Lonely Island's "YOLO" video too seriously.
Here are Twitters reactions to the short skirt rape comment.
@charlo_d - So basically, a girl wearing a short skirt gives men the right to rape them? I can't seriously be seeing this
@sourswt - I will wear my skirt as short as I want, I will show as much cleavage as I want NO WILL STILL MEAN NO! RAPE IS NOT ASKED FOR!
@juneey - Dear Tory MP, no matter if a woman is wearing a potato sack or "short skirt and high heels" it will not deter a rapists' desire to rape.
@lily_laura - absolutely not. Rapists are responsible for rape. The vast majority of men can see a girl in short skirt and heels and not rape
@CharlotteFairs - just because a woman has a short skirt on it does not give a man the right to try and rape her.
@GemmaShaw13 - I love Joanna Lumley but her comments on rape are ridiculously wide of the mark. Getting drunk and wearing a short skirt is no invitation.
@Hiccupshibiscus - ... not to rape in the first place. Fed up of victim blaming. No matter how drunk a girl is or how short her skirt is she does not deserve ...
@ImmaBobYou - Where women aren't blamed for being raped by someone else. A WOMAN WEARING A SHORT SKIRT OR BEING FLIRTY IS NOT AN INVITATION TO RAPE!
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