Not Asking for it? Oh Well…..
The most common misconception in society is that women are “asking for it.” Whatever “it” is. Whether is be attention or physical contact, people assume that women want it. They are under the impression that all women want the attention, like they feed off of it like it is a drug or something. So when women fall victim to rape or sexual assault, it is automatically assumed that she was dressed inappropriately and she was “asking for it.”
However, in the society we live in today, whether a woman is dressed scantly or not she receives all sorts of unwanted and unrequested attention. A video was released last fall after a woman named Shoshana Roberts walked around New York City for ten hours and received over 100 cat calls. A cat call is a sexual gesture towards a woman, whether is be whistling, shouting or an inappropriate comment. Shoshana dressed in jeans and a black crew-neck t-shirt. Clothes that most would consider moderately conservative (definitely not “asking for it”).
Even without acknowledging the comments of her cat callers, she received unwanted feedback. One man followed her down the block for five minutes. Shoshana was clearly uninterested and yet these men still assumed she craved the attention and was asking to be acknowledged.