If so, you cannot be raped. Or sexually assaulted.
Apparently, skinny jeans are so tight that they cannot be taken off without one’s consent. And it was on this basis that 23 year old Sydney man Nicholas Gonzalez was acquitted of the sexual assault of a 24 year old woman he knew. The defendant argued that the sex was consensual. The woman claimed she was raped. Medical examination found evidence of trauma around the victim’s genital region.
In 2008, men were acquitted in separate incidents of raping a couple of women in Korea and in Italy because the women were wearing skinny jeans.
While I am not here to say whether this Sydney incident was or was not rape, I think basing the outcome on a pair of skinny jeans is nothing short of a farce. Who said the jeans need to be pulled off completely in order for a woman to be raped? Skinny jeans are not that hard to be pulled down to the knees…even without the woman’s help. Skinny jeans are tight, sure. But they are not that tight that they cannot be pulled off. Particularly in this Sydney case where the woman was a size 6 and weighed on 42 kgs.
Once again the judicial system shows how to blame a woman for what has happened.
A man getting acquitted for raping a woman wearing a short tight mini skirt because there was no way he could force her to spread her legs without her actually wanting to?
Because with this kind of verdict, I fear that’s where we are headed. It sets a precedent for every other case.
Until next time,