Sexual Assault Laws That Discriminate Against Women

Every now and then we read or hear about outrageous laws dedicated to protect patriarchy, defend rape culture, restrict women’s sexuality, or that are just plain discriminatory. We have three examples of such outrageous laws and proposals. One has been overturned (Italy’s rape law); one is being considered (Indonesia’s motorcycle law); and one continues to be both discriminatory and horribly sexist (Iran’s rape law).

The province of Aceh in Indonesia is proposing that women riding behind a man on a motorcycle should no longer be allowed to straddle the bike, since this might “provoke the driver.” A woman riding on her own may straddle the bike, but only if she is wearing proper attire. Not only is the law absurd in its own and reminiscent of the days when women had to ride “sidesaddle” on horses, but it also seems that “side saddling” a motorcycle could be a great safety hazard. The proposal also infers that in order for men to not to get “excited” and act on that excitement, women need to control their sexuality, while men are assumed to not be able to–or need to–control theirs.  [Read more...]

Friday News Roundup

Men who think they should control their girlfriends’ and wives’ bodies. Alternet.

In Ultrasound, Abortion Fight has a New Front. New York Times.

New arrest of “Gang of Faggots” in Shiraz. IRQR.

Japanese Rape Games…Not Cool. Bust.

Ending Child Marriage: It’s a Smart Investment. RH Reality Check.

Too Much Sun May Get Iranian Women Thrown in Prison

Tehran’s police chief has announced a national crackdown on any social misbehavior that violates Islamic law, including too much exposure to the sun. No better way to reinforce the public/private dichotomy than to punish women for getting too much sunlight.

Women in Iran better stock up on SPF 100. A suntan might land them in jail.

Tehran’s police chief, Brig Hossien Sajedinia, according to London’s Telegraph newspaper, has announced a national crackdown on “social misbehavior” that violates Islamic laws, including a sun-kissed glow.

“The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehavior by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values,” he said, the Telegraph reported. “In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins.” [Read more...]