How does what you’re wearing effect you? Bill O’Reilly believes that what a woman was wearing in New York City is to blame for her rape. In a conversation over the radio on August 2nd, O’Reilly made this comment:
O’REILLY: So anyway, these two girls come in from the suburbs and they get bombed, and their car is towed because they’re moronic girls and, you know, they don’t have a car. So they’re standing there in the middle of the night with no car. And then they separate because they’re drunk. They separate, which you never do. All right.
Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.
And the thug takes her over to New Jersey in the cab and kills her and rapes her and does all these terrible things to her. And the thug is so stupid, he uses her cell phone, and the cops trace it back to him and they — and they arrest him and charge him with murder. He had a prostitute girlfriend with him, and she’s charged as an accessory to murder. But Jennifer Moore is in the ground. She’s dead.
Ultimately, those that were punished for the crime have responsibility– Jennifer Moore did not ask to be raped and murdered. The man (and his prostitute!) should definitely be punished.
However, let’s not overlook something here. I’m not saying that she was begging to be a victim, but she did dress for a certain kind of attention– a sexual kind. She was at a club with a friend, and she dressed the part. Baring her middle, in a halter top she was conveying a message to the men in the room.
The problem with the clothing we choose to wear and the fact that it conveys messages is that we cannot control who receives those messages and what they do with them. What is perfectly fine for a husband and wife is not appropriate for unmarried teens. There is a line, and we as a culture have crossed it not realizing (or choosing to ignore) the consequences.
Many times we see– played for laughs– on TV where the female teen character who’s crushing on a hunk gets all dolled up only to find that the geek is the one that pays attention to her. I can envision this girl getting ready for clubbing, envisioning the hunk coming over to her and wisking her away– but those aren’t the only people that gave her attention– the rapist did.
As clothing becomes more and more revealing, women are less and less able to control who’s gawking at them– and maybe they want it that way. They must remember, though, that they do not have control over the minds of the men that they may be exciting, and since we live in a sin-cursed world, that is not a good thing.