|chambray: Forever 21 (similar) // jeans: Gap // belt: thrifted // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar)|
I’m no stranger to the Canadian tuxedo, but today I’m rocking denim-on-denim for a cause.
In Rome in 1997, an 18 year old woman was raped by her 45 year old driving instructor. To make a longer, gruesome story short, she presses charges against the man and he is charged with rape, but the case is overturned days later by the Italian Supreme Court. Why? Because the Chief Judge argued that her jeans were too tight to have been removed without her help, and was therefore consensual. Soon after, Italian women began to protest the verdict by wearing jeans to work. California’s Senate and the organization Peace Over Violence got wind of the protest and wore denim in solidarity with the women in Italy. In 1999, Denim Day was born and has been observed every April ever since.
Are my jeans too tight? Is my skirt too short? Can you see too much of my chest or arms or legs?
That is not an invitation and it is not consent.
Why do I wear denim?
To stand with my sisters all over the world.
To educate others about sexual assault.
To raise awareness about how much work we still have to do.
To feel sexy.
To feel comfortable in my skin.
Did you know about Denim Day? Send me photos of your denim outfits and I’ll post them up!