women in skirts: A threat to (men’s) safety everywhere

Posted on June 11, 2011

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Streetsblog New York City » Saudi Arabia on the Hudson: NYPD Officer Stopped Cyclist For Wearing Skirt. NY cops are really getting a bad wrap.. or a really exposing how a hierarchical patriarchal institution bred of power and entitlement treats women:

“I was standing there next to my bike, looking at my map, and then this police guy stops and starts telling me about my skirt,” reported Rijcken. “At first I thought he was making a joke or maybe even a compliment, but then I found out he was serious because he got really mad.”

The officer got out of his car and threatened to ticket her, said Rijcken, even though, it bears repeating, there is no law against biking in a skirt. The justification for a potential ticket was the danger her exposed skin posed to everyone on the street. “That was the bottom line, that I was very dangerous,” said Rijcken. “I think every woman, even when walking in a skirt, would be dangerous then.”

So, we cannot trust people driving safely because of a skirt?  This is the same kind of thinking that we hear over and over again.  Women are causing people to stare at them, to oggle them, to rape them.  It’s not within the control of people around to mind their own business, behave decently, or not stare at some legs instead of the road, apparently.  I wonder when we’ll shift responsibility off of women for keeping society safe at the expense of their freedoms to those people who are actually jeopardizing safety by not watching the road, or by raping a woman who asked to be escorted home for her safety.  Sick.  And what does it say that the cop backed down once he found out she was from europe?  Oh, we can harass our women all we want and tell then what they can and cannot do and limit how they move around in this world, but not others because we want them to continue believing we are the land of the free. wankers! 

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