School uniforms “call for rape”Posted: May 22, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.
“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.
“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.
Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”
“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.
However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.
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Malaysia must be crazy. Or this National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia must be crazy. What era are we in? White blouses encourage rape? Encourage molest? Encourage pre-marital sex?
I can’t even begin to comprehend what this woman is saying or thinking. How totally out of context in today’s world.
And I wish to say here that I’m going to start on an angry rant. Be warned.
Please don’t spout nonsense, Cik Munirah Bahari. What do you mean by the “white blouse encourages rape and pre-marital sex”? The white blouse too transparent? It will draw the men to look and oogle, whether they like it or not?
What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Sure, covering up is good. But have you NEVER seen women wear white blouses? Ever? What’s that got to do with men being unable to suppress their “need”?
Rape is a crime committed mainly by men. And women always get the brunt of the blame. Why?
And this coming from a WOMAN!
Yes, the blouse is too transparent. Yes, the blouse is white. SO?
Just because certain men are unable to control their desires, girls and women have to be controlled? Where’s the logic?
My two cents on this? I don’t think there’s anything indecent about the white blouse and blue pinafore. White blouses are fine. If they’re too transparent, blame it on the people who make the cloth and distribute them to the tailors who make the blouses. Don’t go asking for change. It’s a national school uniform, unless Cik Munirah here hasn’t noticed. How many schools are there? How many female students? And who is going to pay for their new uniforms? The parents sure as hell aren’t going to!
In case Cik Munirah here doesn’t know, I want to shed some light on a few matters. I’ve been wearing the white blouse that “encourages rape” for 7 years. 5 years with a blue pinafore to cover most of the indecent white blouse, and 2 years with only a blue skirt, which showcased to all world my “assets”.
I’m happy to say that I’ve never been a rape victim. And my white blouse was pretty un-transparent, given that the cloth quality was pretty much up to mark.
Because I chose to buy my uniform from a place that only sold uniforms. Meaning they have good quality cloth to make all their uniforms. Meaning that the boys’ white shirts are every inch as “thick” as the girls’ blouses.
Again, in case Cik Munirah here doesn’t know, there are places like Bintang Supermarket, Tesco, Carrefour and other such super/hyper markets that sell uniforms whenever it’s “Back to School” season. And their uniforms are crap.
I bought from them once when I first entered Secondary School. First off, I didn’t know of any other place to buy uniforms. Second, because I wouldn’t know the difference anyway. And guess what? My blue baju kurung skirt started to fray on the second week of school.
Crappy, much? And yes, the white blouses were pretty much transparent.
Now, why would they allow these super/hyper markets to sell uniforms of this quality? And why would anyone want to buy them instead of going to a shop that sells only uniforms?
it’s always about the money.
SO, before I digress into some other argument, there’s nothing wrong with the current uniform. Nothing wrong with the white blouse. And it sure as hell doesn’t invite rape or pre-marital sex.
If anything, condemn the men who find it appealing. They are the sick ones who can’t even stop themselves from touching an under-aged girl.
If anything, make it so that super/hyper markets don’t sell under-quality uniforms. Those are the only ones that are transparent.
Rape is a serious crime, especially more so if it’s on a minor. Pinning the blame on the victim is always the easiest way out. If women have to be responsible for dressing decently to avoid being raped, then surely men are “man” enough to be responsible of their actions.
If they can’t control their sexual desires just because a white blouse on a minor is slightly too transparent, I suggest you lock these people up.