Mexico church assailed for maligning miniskirt
Last weekâ€™s condemnation of the mini-skirt by the Mexican Catholic Church has enraged some Mexican women, who say that churchâ€™s statement that women should wear less provocative clothing makes it easier to justify rape and other forms of violence against them.
Last weekâ€™s statement, which advised women not to get into â€œspicyâ€conversations with men if they wanted to avoid rape and violence, saying:
â€œIf you want to avoid sexual aggressionâ€¦.do not use provocative clothingâ€¦watch your glancesâ€¦donâ€™t be alone with a man, even if you know himâ€¦Donâ€™t permit spicy chats or jokesâ€¦ look for help when you suspect bad intentionsâ€¦.â€
Women protested in front of the cathedral in Mexico Cityâ€™s Zocalo over the weekend – wearing miniskirts of course – and the statement has been lambasted by newspaper columnists and womenâ€™s rights activists.
â€œGuadalupe Loaeza, a renowned Mexican social commentator, said she worries the priestâ€™s statements will be taken seriously and make it acceptable to blame the victim.
â€œâ€It gives rapists permission to say, â€˜Well, she had on a miniskirt,â€™â€ Loaeza said. â€œWhat the church says has credibility – thatâ€™s why this type of statement is so dangerous.â€” Associated Press.