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This Just In: T-Shirts Don't Cause Rape

No doubt about it, that is a headline I never thought I'd write, but thanks to Aussie MP Bob Such, apparently we need to clarify a few facts.
No doubt about it, that is a headline I never thought I'd write, but thanks to Aussie MP Bob Such, apparently we need to clarify a few facts.
"Independent MP Bob Such has also accused the women who wear them of demeaning their sex.
The South Australian pollie and former Speaker of the SA Parliament yesterday said some clothing could lead to men losing respect for women.
"I am not one to say that it in any way justifies a sexual assault, because it does not, but I see women getting around in T-shirts saying 'Give me a few more drinks and I will do this or that' and displaying comments drawing attention to their breasts and so on," he said.
"People may say these are flippant comments but they do not help in trying to impress on young men a respect for women. Some of these women do not help, they actually demean women overall."
During his speech Mr Such also questioned how someone could be charged with rape if consent was withdrawn "part way through intercourse".
"I am aware in Western Australia men have been convicted of rape on the basis that they were part way through sexual intercourse and did not stop.
"I am interested in the Attorney's justification for that. I think that the everday person - male or female, and I have spoken to men and women about this - finds it hard to understand how, if intercourse is underway someone can say "stop the world I want you to get off" and how that is really a reasonable action that could result in someone being charged with rape.""
When I first saw the above, all I could do was sputter incoherently, so I asked UK activist Jennifer Drew if she would like to offer a response and she kindly obliged with this excellent response:
Lucinda Marshall is a feminist artist, writer and activist. She is the Founder of the Feminist Peace Network. Her work has been published in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad including, Counterpunch, AlterNet, Dissident Voice, Off Our Backs, the Progressive, Countercurrents, Z Magazine, Common Dreams, In These Times and Information Clearinghouse. She also blogs at WIMN Online and writes a monthly column for the Louisville Eccentric Observer.
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