Judtith Collins writes in the HoS:
I’ve never been a big fan of short skirts. With our robust Kiwi figures, they’re best left to super models. So, I’ve been interested to hear a couple of middle-aged males commenting on what these fashion choices mean. What’s the scantily-dressed girl trying to say, they ask.
Well, for a start, John and Willie, they’re not dressing for you. They’re not even dressing for teen boys. Girls dress for other girls. They dress to fit in. They dress to be part of a group. They want to be respected and they want to be liked. They want to be beautiful. They dress to impress. They copy their celebrity idols.
I’m no expert on this, but I suspect Judith is dead right. You are dressing up to fit in with your peers.
These might well be fashion crimes, but short skirts and cleavage don’t signal a willingness to be victimised.
New Zealand is internationally rated as one of the best countries to be a woman. This year, we celebrated 120 years of women winning the right to vote.
With that goes the right to not be abused.