It’s a good thing I’m on my couch instead of a desk today, because I would be temped to slam my head down repeatedly after reading this story.

There have been at least 10 unsolved sexual attacks in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, which is a haven for upper middle class liberals and Yuppie families. Thus, the NYPD is out in full force patrolling the area. Good thing (I wish we got the same courtesy here in Bed Stuy, but that’s another article for another day). However, the Wall Street Journal reports that women are being told to avoid wearing shorts and short skirts in order to protect themselves from a potential assault. Bad thing. VERY bad thing.

The WSJ quotes a woman who says she and two other women were stopped by an officer earlier this week and told that their shorts and dresses provided “easy access” for the suspect. “He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?'” she recalled. “He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin.” He added “you’re exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting.”

In an emailed response to inquiries about what NYPD officers were saying to women regarding attire, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne stated “Officers are not telling women what not to wear—there’s a TV series that does that. They are simply pointing out that as part of the pattern involving one or more men that the assailant(s) have targeted women wearing skirts.”

*Deep sigh*

Got to love a society that teaches women “don’t get raped” as opposed to teach people not to be rapists. Its not at all ironic that the much-debated SlutWalk will take place in Manhattan this Saturday. You know, considering that women are hit with BS “advice” like this all the time and it’s no coincidence that this noted incident happened just before the protest. More evidence that there needs to be a lot more conversation about why women are assaulted and harassed, because far too many folks still don’t get it.

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  • Alexandra

    The same Park Slope attack you mentioned above, was caught on tape & the woman being attacked wasn’t wearing shorts/ or a skirt. It looked like loose, baggy clothing. I don’t think a possible attacker cares, but maybe some types of clothing do trigger a rapist to be drawn more to their victim. Or as Ginger said above, some clothing styles are targeted.

  • AustralianGirl

    Ok ladies, lets all start wearing burka’s and live a restricted life, to prevent getting raped. Oh, hang on – women in burka-wearing conservative cultures get raped too! D’uh!

  • lalalalala

    ladies, i think what the police are basically trying to say is; do your best to not be what attracts this particular dude!

    if he is going after women in really short skirts and shorts because it gives him easy access and allows him to rape faster ( and therefore get away faster) , then wouldn’t it be wise to not wear those items at least until he is caught? for your own safety? don’t worry ’bout the police, worry ’bout yourself and how to protect YOU.

    some will retort with “what if we all wore jeans, will he stop then?”

    i doubt it, but that (along with other safety measures) might help keep you safe. its not a guarantee (few things in life are) but i would hate for someone to be victimized and then think “what if i had taken more precautions, what if…”

    let’s all be smart.

    and for those classes about teaching boys and men not to rape, ladies…

    first and foremost, how do you spot him when he’s still a kid? how do you teach them to NOT rape? don’t you think if this were possible they would try it with pedophiles?

    for the person that mentioned castration above me , i think this was tried in some country (experiment ) except in this case it was chemical castration (where the offender is given drugs to inhibit erections) but because they couldn’t get erections anymore they resorted to penetrating their victims with foreign objects. not sure which is worse.

    last but not least, we CANNOT control the behavior of another human being, if these rapists were people one could “teach” or reason with we wouldn’t be having this discussion (and they wouldn’t be rapists), but we are. the only thing we can do is try and take every precaution,for our own safety. arguing that it is our right to walk the streets naked without being attacked or objectified will not aid in keeping us safe, even if it is within our rights.

    • lalalalala, you are right. I forget which movie it was in but the main actor succinctly says of rape: “It’s a brain thing not a ball thing”.

      As a man who has had his testicles removed (following an accident), I feel I need to point out that with hormone replacement therapy even a physically castrated man will feel desire and have the ability to get and maintain erections. Castration would only serve as a means of revenge and possibly as a deterrent — the thought of being ball-less is scary to most men.