Brazilians say women in revealing clothes deserve rape

30 Mar 2014 / 21:25 H.

    RIO DE JANEIRO: In Brazil, the land of mini bikinis and voluptuous carnival dancers, most people say a woman who shows off her body deserves to be raped, according to a poll that has triggered outrage.
    Of the 3,810 respondents of both sexes who responded to the government's Institute of Applied Economic Research survey released this week, about 2,480 – 65% – justified raping women who wear "clothing that shows off the body".
    And 58.5% of respondents also agreed that "if women knew how to behave, there would be fewer rapes".
    Most of the May-June poll's respondents – 66.5% – were women.
    Brazilian women – and some men, too – promptly reacted angrily on blogs and social media to the study's findings.
    Journalist Nana Queiroz launched an online protest event on Facebook that invited women to take pictures of themselves topless while covering their breasts accompanied with the phrase: "I don't deserve to be raped."
    Around 2300 GMT on Friday (7am on Saturday in Malaysia), about 20,000 women simultaneously posted their photos online on Tumblr, a microblogging platform.
    Queiroz, 28, said she received several threats of rape while she led the protest.
    "The most surprising thing is that it is permissible to walk naked in the Carnival, but not in real life," Queiroz said.
    The study revealed a well-known Brazilian paradox in which an obsession with body and sensuality clashes with the society's dominant Catholicism.
    President Dilma Rousseff also criticized the poll's results, saying the government-run study shows that "Brazilian society still has a long way to go". – AFP

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