The Power of the Visual on Men and Women's Perspective towards Provocative Dressing

Mark Gabriel Wagan Aguilar, Prof. Vivek Kumar


There have been several occasions where men involved in rape cases have told enforcers, the court, and even their victims that if it wasn’t for how the woman is dressed, the crime would’ve not happened. Likewise, there have been occasions where judges and enforcers themselves called the attention of women to dress appropriately in public to avoid sexual assaults, however, this led to criticisms and campaigns involving women instilling their rights and freedom to wear whatever they like and highlighting that it is men who should be taught to respect and behave well. This study determined if man’s behavior towards women gets affected by how they dress and if so, in what way their actions are affected by it. Through a survey and interview, the authors further found out the top reasons why women wear revealing clothes in public, and their belief towards men’s response to it. Results show that men’s behavior towards women really gets affected by how they dress, and it is affected in a way that men literally gets aroused when they see women wearing revealing clothes, moreover, it was found out that sexual objectification portrayed in films, advertisements, or anything published through media is a contributor to the objectification experienced by women in society. This study also shows that women strongly believe wearing provocative clothes can get the attention of men sexually and it is man’s nature; in fact, this is what they tend to do if they would like to seduce a man or to just get their attention. These findings led to a conclusion that when women present themselves in a provocative dress in public, they are more likely to be seducing or sexually attracting men than any other reasons. In addition, though most rape victims are dressed with revealing clothes when they were raped, there are still a number of rape victims who are not dressed provocatively when the crime was committed. It is therefore concluded that rape and other related crimes can’t be solved by just educating women how to dress appropriately, but it can minimize the number of incidents, thus give them lesser risk of becoming a victim. Recommendations include the passing of a decency law to regulate how people dress in public places and to stop the creation of films, advertisements, and other media platforms that portray sexual objectification.

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