June 7, 2011

Jessica Valenti’s June 5 Outlook article, “As slutty as we want to be,” correctly stated that “women deserve to be safe from violent assault no matter what they wear,” but (yes, there is a but) it’s also true that what they wear matters in determining whether they will be treated with respect or not. There is more to life, after all, than just not being raped.

Since it’s also true that men are made to have a strong sexual attraction to women’s bodies, perhaps women who want to be respected should show more respect for themselves and for men by avoiding “sluttiness.” It’s hard to think of any actions less likely to bring about positive changes in social attitudes involving women and men than the “SlutWalks.”

Margaret M. Whitehead, Falls Church

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dry-This one seems good and fair too.

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The “slut pride” variant of feminism strikes me as being in part a reaction to the puritanical “Pat Robertson in Birkenstocks” variant of feminism. Puritanical feminism has allied itself implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, with the religious right against their common enemy, individual liberty. Why should people not seek a form of liberation that actually liberates them? More specifically, with regard to dress, why does “My body, my right to choose” not apply?

Finally, the “slut pride” feminists have a point when they place the onus on sexual predators not to rape, not on their potential victims to dress modestly.

David J. Edmondson, Alexandria

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Hi John-

This one seems a bit more problematic. I know it would be good to have this (very reasonable) viewpoint presented on the letters page, but is there anything else along these lines you could use? The “rape can be a consequence of dressing provocatively” line of reasoning is not true, at least per our piece, and to let the letter writer just say seems a bit problematic to me. I know we didn’t spend time detailing the research disproving this claim, so our case is not airtight, but if there’s any way to showcase this type of reader response (i.e. negative response to the article) without having these unproven assertions, that would be ideal.

//edited to address her concerns-mike//

Thanks,

Rachel

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I couldn’t disagree more with the unrealistic premise and immature slogans the new feminists espoused in Jessica Valenti’s Outlook commentary. A simple analogy sums it all up: American capitalism relies heavily on advertising. An advertised product sells. Advertising works!

Advertising your body works as well. Walking the streets in a high-crime area while wearing a gold necklace is stupid. Let’s likewise be smart about the way we dress.

Ingrid Wrausmann, McLean

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I confirm that I am the true author and did not cut and paste or copy this. I am using my real name and did not send this letter to any other media, Internet, ect. I was not asked, etc. to write this letter…..

I have no involvement with this subject matter other than being a woman of a certain age.

I have no objections to the editing.

Ingrid Wrausmann

McLean, VA

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