Do Women in Yoga Pants Deserve to be Raped? (No. Obviously.)
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A pastor in Arizona preaches that women can do certain things to make them worthy of being raped, like dressing a certain way or drinking too much.
While it’s sad to see another person making headlines by spouting a long debunked idea like that, it’s nice to see the most obnoxious Christians finally finding common ground with the most obnoxious atheists.
Pastor Dean Saxton and prominent atheists like Thunderf00t suggest that there are steps that women can take to make themselves less rapeable. I’ve found that atheists tend to be very vague about what these steps are – “not drinking much,” or “not dressing provocatively.” These suggestions are kept vague because once you try to nail down the details, it becomes obvious how ridiculously subjective it all is. What is or is not “provocative?” The atheists’ answer tends to be something along the lines of “I know it when I see it,” the famously mocked US Supreme Court judge’s definition of obscenity.
Theists on the other hand tend to conveniently be very specific.
Some of them will say that anything less than a full burka is provocative. Some will say anything that shows the ankles, or the collar bone. Some would say any skirt higher than your fingertips. Some will say a two-piece swimsuit, some will say a one-piece swimsuit.
Saxton illustrates this perfectly by claiming that women who wear yoga pants deserve to be raped. Yoga pants are stretchy pants that usually cover the entire lower half from hip to ankle, but they’re considered by some to be provocative because they’re form-fitting.
His choice is particularly interesting considering that in photos of his protests he appears to be wearing jeans and a form-fitting t-shirt. The t-shirt in this photo of him clings to his pecs and the short sleeves show off his biceps and forearms. Despite the fact that these are all traits that can be found sexually provocative, Saxton sees nothing wrong with his own clothing.
There are a few reasons why this may be. For one, maybe men just don’t get raped ever.
Well, we know that’s not true and in fact last year the National Crime Victimization Survey found that 38% of incidents of rape and sexual violence were against men.
That’s just one survey, but as our society progresses and begins to understand rape as something more than just a vagina being penetrated by a penis, the data begins to show us that men are raped often – maybe even nearly as often as women are raped.
And yet, I’ve never heard of Pastor Saxton, Muslim clerics, or obnoxious male supremacist atheists offering “helpful advice” to men on how to not get raped. I’ve never seen a Thunderf00t video telling men to not wear form-fitting t-shirts, or skinny jeans, or tank tops. I’ve never seen a fundamentalist preacher tell men that if they do shots at the bar they’re asking to be raped. And even though a large percentage of male rapes appear to be at the hands of women, I’ve never heard women compared to wild animals who can’t be controlled if they catch sight of a provocative movement or bit of skin.
In fact, the only men I ever hear blamed for their own rape are prisoners, because apparently being arrested for something is the only thing that can make people dehumanize a man the way they regularly dehumanize women.
Anyway, check out the whole vice documentary on Dean Saxton for an interesting glimpse into the sort of mind that insists on blaming women for their own rapes. Pay particular notice to the part where he admits he lost all his friends. Hating women is a lonely life.