asking for it

Mon Mar-10th-2008 // Filed under: I Rant!

Ah, Italy! That Mediterranean wonderland of absolutely magnificent food, ancient culture and rampant misogyny. A few years ago, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome ruled that a rape victim couldn’t have been raped because she was wearing jeans, and you cannot remove a pair of jeans from somebody “without the collaboration of the person who is wearing them”.

Having come to this completely sensible conclusion, the court promptly reversed the rape conviction of a 45-year old driving instructor who, up until that point, had been convicted of raping his 18-year old student. Thus, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome’s sharp eye for justice revealed him for what he truly was: a man in a strongly patriarchal culture who was unable to either physically undress a woman young enough to be his daughter or intimidate her into doing so.

Of course, how the hell do I know what happened out there on the road? I don’t. I have no idea. But I do know that given the circumstances, I’m pretty goddamn sure I would have at least an even chance of getting an 18-year old girl undressed one way or the other, even if she happened to be wearing jeans and wasn’t all that keen on the idea. (Hell, I’m not real keen on the idea, you understand; I’m just saying that I think it’s well in the realm of physical and/or psychological possibility.)

So, ladies in Italy, please take note: short skirts are wrong, because you’re sending out a signal that you’re a whore and are obviously asking for it, and jeans are wrong, because you can’t get raped in them and therefore you must have been asking for it. I mean, what’s wrong with you? If you’d just stop asking for it, nobody would ever get raped! It’s just science.

Science, and justice.


  1. Am I missing something? That linked news item is from 1999, not from a couple of days ago. Still, I remeber reading recently something about this in a Finnish newspaper as well.

    Ridiculous mockery of justice in any case.

    Comment by Henri — March 11, 2008 @ 1205248659

  2. Uh, no, you’re not. That was all me, badly re-editing the paragraph. That “couple of days ago” bit was left in there from a thing I was first trying to do when I was convinced I could tie that whole thing into a conversation I had with someone a couple of days ago, but it wasn’t working at all, so I ended up taking it out. That’s not particularly unusual in itself, since a lot of the time what I start to write and what I end up posting are radically different things. This time, though, through some wonderful and miraclous combination of amazing editorial skills and my brain temporarily shutting down, that bit ended up pretty much leading the whole thing, and I guess since it made sense as a sentence, I left it there.

    Thanks for pointing it out — I just fixed it, and now I’ll proceed to spend the rest of the day feeling like a fucking idiot. There’s a lesson for you: pay attention to what you’re doing, asshole.

    Comment by Mikki — March 11, 2008 @ 1205253607

  3. This absolutely disgusts and enrages me. Thank you for sharing though, it is best that people see light being shed on these things so that maybe (if it’s not asking TOO MUCH) MAYBE some sort of change will come about.

    I can’t fucking believe that, though. The Italians fancy themselves as being an “advanced” and “intelligent” culture, when in fact they do things like this that prove the contrary.

    Comment by Wow. — March 13, 2008 @ 1205435794

  4. Well, y’know, it’s not really something that’s representative of the entire culture, of course. I mean, Americans say that they have an “advanced” and “intelligent” culture, and yet they have to spend a lot of time arguing about whether evolution should be taught in classrooms. We Finns think of our culture as “advanced” and “intelligent”, and yet right now we’re in the middle of a national debate about whether the cops should have the right to have secret internet censorship lists. There’s more to it than just these individual incidents; you can’t condemn the entire culture based on this.

    That said, if you’re a woman in Italy? Chances are you’re gonna have to deal with some right bastards on a daily basis. It’s not exactly a hotbed of feminism.

    Comment by Mikki — March 13, 2008 @ 1205450508

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