Fixed That For You

Men's accident rates climb with women's hemlines: U.K. study finds skimpy outfits distract male drivers—"The London Telegraph said the study by car insurance company Sheilas' Wheels claims men get into more accidents in the summer because they are distracted by women's skimpy outfits."

Provided the claim is true (about which I have grave doubts) that (straight/bi?) men get into more accidents in the summer because they're too busy ogling women wearing skimpy outfits perfectly acceptable clothing for hot weather, the appropriate framing here would not be "Study finds skimpy outfits distract male drivers" but "Study finds straight male drivers' objectification of women has dangerous consequences."

Suffice it to say that it is no coincidence the passive framing ("skimpy outfits distract male drivers"), which tacitly blames the (wearers of) the outfits, is reminiscent of the passive structure we use to speak of sexual assault ("she got raped"). It's the same old shit used to disappear male accountability and implicitly blame women for, fuck, everything.

[H/T to Shaker Jean.]

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