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A Contrarian is a Joiner for a Day: I’ll Be Wearing Denim on Denim Day

I’m a contrarian, not a follower, so when people tell me to do something, I’m inclined to hold back for the sake of independence. I don’t like special days of the year, either. But every once in a while, when it’s important, I’ll make an exception. Tomorrow is a day in which I’ll participate.

A bit of background, courtesy of the New York Times: in Italy in the 1990s, a high court overturned a rape conviction because the young victim was wearing jeans and, as the court put it, “jeans cannot be removed easily and certainly it is impossible to pull them off if the victim is fighting against her attacker with all her force.” Almost immediately, women in the Italian Parliament began wearing jeans in protest.

Since then, people have worn jeans on Denim Day in solidarity with the young woman whose rape was so cruelly dismissed, and more broadly to engage in a visual protest against sexual violence and the politics and culture that encourage it.

This year, Denim Day is Wednesday, March 26. I’ll be wearing denim. I hope to see many friends doing the same. Maybe you’ll be one of them.

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