Huckabee's War on Mini-skirts

This post, written by Melissa McEwan, originally appeared on Shakesville

Via Jeff Fecke, I see that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has taken a brave stand against miniskirts:
Q: I read that you're against miniskirts.
A: If a person dresses provocatively, they're calling attention -- maybe not the most desirable kind -- to private parts of their body.
Q: What about a burka?
A: No, that hides everything. I think a person's hair, arms, shoulders, legs are an appropriate display of who they are. I want people to be attracted to me because they find me interesting, not because I'm wearing something ... well, I doubt I own anything provocative.
(Huckabee goes on to confirm he does not own a miniskirt, but says he does own a thong. And no, I'm not kidding.)

What do you think Huckabee means when he says that "If a person dresses provocatively, they're calling attention--maybe not the most desirable kind--to private parts of their body"? I think, first of all, that he's not talking about "persons" at all, but "female persons." And I think this not just because male persons don't typically wear miniskirts, but also because what Huckabee is saying there just doesn't get said about male persons.

Anyway, Huckabee was careful enough to say what he did as though he could be talking about, oh say, merely attracting the kind of person who wouldn't love you for who you really are, gosh darn golly and shucks, and his awareness of the notion to which he wanted to pander makes his unwillingness to come right out and say it plainly all the more loathsome. Which is why, when Sheik Taj Aldin al Hilali came right out and said about women who were raped, "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside ... without cover, and the cats come to eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat's? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred," my response was: "the surprising thing about this incident, as far as I'm concerned, is not that it was said; it's that people are so outraged about it, nearly unanimously, when things like this are said--and reinforced, via action and attitude--about women all the time, to little response. It's one thing to treat women like pieces of meat, but actually calling them meat, all bluntly and shit--now that just crosses the line!"

It remains acceptable, though, to say women shouldn't wear miniskirts--despite the fact that the only difference between saying an uncovered head is the problem and saying uncovered legs are the problem is that the arguments merely draw the line about women's modesty at different places.

And how charming of Huckabee to make clear that he's not drawing the line at a burka, because "a person's hair, arms, shoulders, legs are an appropriate display of who they are." But not too much leg now, ladies! Lest you get some of that undesirable attention. Tsk tsk.

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