What Were You Wearing? (A Forum)

Hello female wordpressers. I’m currently working on a creative nonfiction piece called “Sartorial,” which blends the history of women’s garments, language from the “Home Economics” textbooks of the 1980’s, and true stories of what women were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. Through the weaving of these sources, “Sartorial” aims to negate and deconstruct current discourse on the perceived importance of women’s clothing in cases of sexual assault. I’ve come here to humbly ask you to anonymously share the details of your story: what were you wearing when you were sexually assaulted? By anonymously sharing these details, you will help add a nuanced credibility to the piece: this story focuses on real women, here and now, who have faced (and unfortunately still currently face) discrimination and violence for their clothing choices. The intention of this piece is to prove that choice of clothing, regardless of style, never gives consent.

Sharing your story is a lot to ask: please only respond to these questions if you feel absolutely comfortable.

To reiterate, this is completely anonymous (I will not be able to see who is saying what either). Please answer honestly and share as this is a public post. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. Thanks in advance.


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