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She’s got legs…

19 August 2008

Photo: EFE

Several dozen mini-skirted women picked the Metropolitan Cathedral today (17 August), after being escorted out of mid-morning Mass.  The mini-faldistas were protesting recent Church recommendations that to prevent violence against women, young women should not dress in a “sexually provocative manner.”

One of the demonstrators read a statement calling for support of the “Laic State” [the state’s neutrality in matters of faith and morals], freedom of expression, the rights of women to conrol their own bodies and “to live free of violence, discrimination and harassment.”

The statement went on to note that in the State of Mexico murders of women double in the last year and, according to a recent survey, fifty percent of all women have been the victim of some physical, psychological, sexual, or of another type of aggression.

The abuse runs the gamut from “from imposing how one should dress to decisions on when to use, or not use, a condom,” it added.

“Women have the right to dress as they want, but men don’t have a right to violence”, Jessica Reyes, spokesperson for the “Coalition of Youths for Sexual CitizenshipEarlier reports had the Rector banning mini-skirts from the campus” (la Coalición de Jóvenes por la Ciudadanía Sexual) told EFE.

Reyes described the Church recommendations as “absurd” because “a woman could hide herself in a sack up to her neck, and still be attacked.”

(EFE via Yahoo.  My translation)

A somewhat related issue has arisen here in Sinaloa, where the State Autonomous University runs a junior high and high school. The Rector was blamed for requirements that forbid the junior high girls to hitch up their uniform skirts .   As in all Mexican schools, these sorts of regulations are set by the school’s Parents’ Association.  While they are not a government body, they have political pull, and are sometimes — like local school boards in the United States — are obscure enough bodies that sometimes cranks (like hard-core anti-Evolutionists in the U.S.) can easily take control of the group and influence their decisions.  Many of the Parents’ groups take their cues from the Unión Nacional de Padres de Familia, A.C. which has close ties to PAN and to the Catholic Church.

Maybe, the Parents’ Association can just put together some standard miniskirt regulations.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mr. Rushing permalink
    19 August 2008 11:01 pm

    Excellent, eventually Mexico will have preteens dressing up in playboy clothes with the little rabit logo just like the US.

  2. Ricardo Vierra permalink
    21 August 2008 6:48 pm

    “While they are not a government body, they have political pull, and are sometimes — like local school boards in the United States — are obscure enough bodies that sometimes cranks (like hard-core anti-Evolutionists in the U.S.) can easily take control of the group and influence their decisions.”
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    So, only open-minded people like yourself have the right to set standards? You can’t even differentiate between fact and theory. Do you really want to whole-heartedly support the idea that no rules or laws that impinge upon — even ever so slightly — any individual’s “rights” (whatever those may be) should be tolerated. It’s a bankrupt argument that only leads to increasingly debased behavior (see first response).

    There is no problem with setting standards. The question is, “Which standards will accomplish the desired goal?” It is obvious you feel the requirement for longer skirts/dresses will not work. Assuming you support the goal of reducing violence toward women, what alternative would you suggest? Or is it just easier to tee off on the big, faceless, heartless, mean-spirited establishment?

    By the way, understanding what the church is trying to get people to focus on in the small amount of time congregants set aside each week to attend services, is it really so wrong to require the kind of dress that will be less likely to distract from that pursuit? We get bombarded by the crass side of life almost non-stop. I, for one, appreciate having a sanctuary from such influences. Everyone knows she’s got legs, but is it really asking too much to set that aside, just for a few moments, and concentrate on something a little deeper?

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