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Reform our thinking about women

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am writing in response to Cedric's letter published August 5, 2014 claiming that females who do not dress modestly by his standards are inviting sexual harassment on the street. ('Are women asking for it?')

His suggestion that a woman's 'skimpy' or 'revealing' choice of attire is an invitation to treat in the marketplace is distasteful at best.

Our society has been so indoctrinated by patriarchy that we believe it is okay to characterise women as goods that should be sampled before 'purchase'.

Sexual harassment is incapable of being 'invited' and that is quite clear in the definition proffered by the United Nations: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature". It is called harassment because it is unwelcomed and uninvited, sir!

I am disturbed that someone would have the audacity to pen a letter that dehumanises women in this most egotistical, misogynistic way. I am even more disturbed that there are other men (and possibly women) out there who would agree with Cedric's 'tHEsis'.

We need to reform our thinking about women, their inherent dignity, and right to personal space. Fix your thoughts, Cedric. Fix your thoughts, Jamaica!

KAREEM

Clarendon