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… to all those arguing in various places on and offline in relation to Slutwalk that women who dress in a certain way are asking – either implicitly or explicitly – for sexual attention:
1) Women are “supposed” to look attractive all the time, otherwise we’ve failed as women, so making assumptions about a woman’s desire for sexual attention based on her clothing is a complete non-starter. (I’ve gone looking in jeans, vest, hairy pits and no make-up, how does that factor in to your equation?)
2) If a woman has dressed a certain way because she’s out on the pull, the correct way to ascertain this fact and react to it – should you be interested in being her pullee – is to have a chat and see if she’s interested. It isn’t grabbing her arse on the dance floor, continuing to bug her when she’s clearly not into you, or raping her.