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What she wore

The BBC reported an incident where a woman in South Africa had her pants stolen in public and her house burned down. Why? Because she was wearing pants instead of a skirt: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6917332.stm

Okay, I’m not going to try and be a post-modern type and say “oh, it’s all relative, we need to be accepting of other people’s cultures.” Bull. Burning down a woman’s house and stripping her naked because she’s wearing pants is horrible and I can’t believe people don’t get more pissed off about this sort of thing. Even the article’s author has this attitude of, “oh, well, she was living in a men’s neighborhood, she should have known better.” No, no, no! That sort of behavior is inappropriate in any society.
I know this is an extreme case, but even in 1999 the Italian Supreme Court of appeals ruled that a woman’s rape was excusable because she was wearing jeans: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/277263.stm, so obviously it is still known to happen. This sort of “she/he was asking for it” mentality is just wrong regardless of gender, regardless of culture, regardless of religious beliefs. Period.

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