Not something you hear a lot, right?
Change "men" to "women", and suddenly it makes a lot more sense. Doesn't it?
It shouldn't. I recently read a post that said that if women covered up, these things would happen:
- They would have more self respect.
- They could "remain a mystery" and "save themselves for the right man"
- Women would be less sexualised.
- The amount of rapes would decrease.
I'd like to tackle these things individually.
According to this idealogy, not covering up my body and being proud to show it off (if you are comfortable with that) means that I don't respect it. Hmm...
So if I have the confidence to wear clothes that show my body off in a good way, I clearly don't respect my body.
It doesn't add up. You can respect yourself whilst being covered up and when you're not being covered.
"Saving yourself" and "being a mystery"
Actually you don't have to.
If you don't want to be a mystery and you don't want to "save yourself for a man", that's okay.
But if you do, the way you dress doesn't really affect it. In my opinion, remaining a mystery is being enough of yourself to remain fun and interesting, and keeping yourself to yourself enough so people want to get to know you more.
Also, saving yourself for somebody (because you can save yourself for a woman too) if you want to, go for it. If you don't, that's your choice. Nobody else's. And "covering up" won't change that decision.
Women will be less sexualised
Let's think. Who is the most likely to sexualise women because they're not covered from head to toe?
Probably the people who see women in a sexual light. Which is quite often men. Is that the women's fault?
Possibly the most controverisal "advantage" of covering up. Let me tell you, it makes no difference what women are wearing. Because if it did, children wouldn't get raped would they? I know it's horrible but it had to be said.
And once again, I will reiterate:
Rape isn't about sexual gratification. Rape is about violence and overpowering somebody. Sex is merely the weapon.
It's literally about weakening somebody to make yourself feel more in control or powerful.
I feel like this quote sums it up better than I ever could.
I think that that says it all.