Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Denim Day 2013

Denim Day

Yesterday I found out about Denim Day when a friend shared this link. It's a little late in the day, but I guess it's not too late to post. Rather than trying to paraphrase what started this, I'll just share a little bit of what Danielle wrote:

In 1999 an Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a 45 year old driving instructor for the rape of his 18 year old student. The reason cited was the girl’s clothing. It was determined that because she wore blue jeans the instructor could not have removed them without assistance, therefore she must have consented.

To protest this ruling, many women wore blue jeans. And to participate in it, you only have to wear blue jeans and talk about how why you're wearing them. Oh yeah, and we're supposed to share photos of ourselves in blue jeans...

...which I wasn't going to do, since I thought that I didn't a good pic to share. Then I remembered the wonderful resource that is Facebook, and found this appropriate one that sort of showcases my jeans (or really my spinning wheel) without showing my face.

Holy jeans and my prized spinning wheel

And, just for the heck of it, here's a YouTube clip that came to mind when I was planning this post. It's also about consent, though it's addressing the point of whether or not she's really "asking for it" rather than the "she's wearing too much for it to be rape" issue.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've heard of Denim Day but didn't know the story behind it -- thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking up and helping to spread the word about Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness!

Magaly Guerrero said...

What an amazing video! I wonder if we'd ever see something like this in American public TV.

Nice pic!

Sarita Rucker said...

Debra -- I hadn't even heard of it at all.

Danielle -- You're welcome. :)

Magaly -- No idea, I don't watch TV anymore anyways. Funny thing, I couldn't find the video on YouTube, but found it via Google as soon as I searched for "scottish not asking for it video."