First there were this summer’s “Slut Walks” featuring young, scantily-clad female exhibitionists bearing signs such as “I’m a slut. Don’t assault me!” The ostensible message was that aggressive sexuality is not a provocation. Then, there were the colorful, size 28AA padded bras for 8-year-old girls. Initially marketed by Abercrombie & Fitch as kiddie bikini tops, the idea had, by late summer, morphed into must-have underwear sold in department stores for Back-to-School — alongside 4-inch high heels, extreme-low-rise jeans and transparent tops (the bra absolutely must show through to be “fashionable”).
Now society has risen to a new level of absurdity: lawsuits over a five-dollar entrance fee to strip joints — in the name of sexual-assault prevention.
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and ABC News (based on the USA Today story), were among the many news outlets that carried the story on Friday, August. 26. But only a small few could maintain journalistic composure long enough to report that the money was being used to combat rape and “help” victims of sexual assault.
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Beverly K. Eakman (photo)