From the Bulletin of the Oppression of Women:
In Islam, it is believed that the uncovered body and hair of a woman are so alluring that a man can’t control his sexual urges. So rape is the fault of the woman. It is not expected that the man be responsible for his own behavior.
Earlier this month, Indonesia’s House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie drew widespread condemnation after he suggested female staff be banned from wearing miniskirts, saying such clothing could prompt men to rape them.
Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali took the proposal to a new level on Wednesday, suggesting that women should be stripped of the right to wear miniskirts altogether.
Mr. Ali said the newly-established Anti-pornography Task Force, of which he is the chairman, was trying to establish clear criteria for pornography and seeking public input.
“We still haven’t established criteria, but we know pornography when see it,” Mr. Ali was quoted as saying by Detik.com news portal. He couldn’t be reached for further comment, but was reported as saying that pornography could be measured by the way some women dress.
Minister Suryadharma Ali literally started a war against the mini-skirt soon after he was appointed to run Indonesia’s new anti-porn task force earlier this month.Parliamentary speaker Marzuki Alle also recently hit out against the mini-skirt. But he targeted women politicians wearing skirts above the knee.Alle said he was preparing draft rules banning women politicians and staff members from wearing mini-skirts because “there have been a lot of rape cases and other immoral acts recently and this is because women aren’t wearing appropriate clothes”.“You know what men are like — provocative clothing will make them do things,” he added.