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Silence is Violence

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So Much YES

Be warned! NSFW Image below. 


If a naked woman was walking around on the streets, almost everyone would immediately become very judgy judgy and say all kinds of nasty things about her being nasty and doing the nasty with all kinds of nasties. And if this same naked woman proceeded to get raped, then almost everyone would say it was because her skanky, slutty little self ignited a raging animalistic fire of such intense and consuming desire that the man (or men) who raped her should be forgiven for his despicable act because hey, she was asking for it.

Allow me to intervene this allegation with this:

Let’s not be rape-apologists. Lets not slut-shame. Let’s not put the onus on women for getting raped.  Let’s instead support the fight to end rape culture, to end the silence and to end the stigma surrounding rape.

Copied from tumblr post by xshiromorix:

Just a reminder:

When Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) was travelling on the road with his cousin, Al-Fadl ibn Abbas, a woman stopped him to ask him a question.  The woman was very beautiful, and Al-Fadl couldn’t help but stare at her.

Seeing this, Prophet Muhammad reached out his hand and turned his cousin’s face away.

He didn’t tell the woman to cover her face.

He didn’t tell her to change her clothing.

He didn’t tell her that her appearance was too tempting or indecent.

He averted his cousin’s impolite stare.


“It’s not too much to ask men and boys to “look, but don’t touch.” A young woman who wants to be noticed, even desired, without being assaulted isn’t making an unreasonable request. She’s not defying the facts of biology. She’s asking to be watched, appreciated, and left unharmed. Saying that she’s asking to be raped is like saying that a talented actor who portrays an unsympathetic villain particularly well on screen is asking to be attacked by an outraged member of the movie-going public. There’s a difference between a performance and an invitation, and it’s not that hard—really, it’s not—to distinguish the two.”

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