In an example of why Slutwalk was needed, a leading celebrity lawyer has argued that women need to take more responsibility for how they dress, to avoid “victimising men”:
Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman sparked outrage from anti-rape campaigners today after claiming women ‘victimise’ men by dressing in a sexually provocative way. The 54-year old solicitor – named Mr Loophole – said females who dress in ‘racy’ red underwear, skimpy tops and fishnet tights conveyed a message they only had sex on their minds…
“In the real world a woman who behaves or dresses in a sexually provocative way conveys a certain message. A message that ironically can vicitimise men. ‘So ladies when you say you dress for yourselves and not for us males, I don’t believe you. It’s time to take responsibility for how you act and what you wear.”
No. A woman does not have to dress ‘responsibly’. If she is sexually assulted it is not her fault. There are no mitigating circumstances.
Mr. Freeman then made matters worse by recounting his own experience “when he ended up in bed with a fellow undergraduate only for her to say no to sex when she revealed she had a boyfriend.”:
‘But mustering every fibre of willpower, I leapt of the bed, pulled on my clothes and made my exit. ‘Disappointed? Obviously. But more significantly I was disgusted to have been manipulated and, yes, victimised. However both my tender legal training and moral code had blazed inside me.
‘To have ignored her wishes would have been rape. End of career, end of future, end of everything.’
Perhaps it is an uncharitable interpretation, but by putting in the bit about considering the end of his career, it suggests that was a thought at the time, when it shouldn’t have been. She said no. End of story.
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