Schrodinger’s Slut — or why it actually does matter what you wear The solution to Schrodinger’s Rapist has been found.
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW OTHER PEOPLE REACT.
This is essentially the argument Amanda Marcotte makes regarding school dress codes for girls at Double XX today.
According to Amanda, girls should be able to wear skirts so short their panties show, and if boys find that disrupting, well, too bad. What we need to do is just IGNORE all the bodies around us and just focus on minds. Girl’s minds, of course. How boy’s mind’s react to provocative clothing and overt displays of sexuality are none of Amanda’s concern. The fact that such reactions are A) involuntary and B) distracting is not relevant. Who cares how boys perform in school anyways, amirite?
I recommend that …[we don’t]… measure girls by their hemlines by not measuring them by their hemlines. Try ignoring their bodies completely and getting directly to the work of cherishing those minds and those hearts instead
Yep. Show us your panties girls, and we’ll just focus on your hearts and minds. Hearts that clearly don’t give a shit about other people and minds that are so mired in narcissism and self-delusion that they can’t comprehend another person’s perspective.
Sounds like excellent training for female adulthood.
But let’s back up a little bit. Yesterday, CleverGuy, JudgyAsshole and PrinceCharming were over for dinner and a postprandial game of Monopoly. Yeah, we’re a pretty lively bunch. We got to talking about the concept of Schrodinger’s Rapist and why it’s such a stupid metaphor to express the also incredibly stupid idea that all men should be treated as potential rapists.
What we really enjoyed about the whole concept is that MEN should pay attention to how they are dressed and how they are acting in order to counter women’s fear that they might be raped. But women should NOT have to pay attention to what they are wearing or how they are acting because patriarchy. Or something.
So we came up without own little thought experiment, and it goes like this:
Assume that all women are sluts and want to have sex with you. Everyone is either LUCKY or UNLUCKY, and no one has any idea what the fuck is going on. Your state of luckiness (man or woman, good or bad) depends upon what clothes you are wearing!
We’ll mash them all up together in an act of unparalleled genius and call it Schrodinger’s Clusterfuck.
All men are rapists and all women are sluts and the only way to tell one from the other is to check out what people are wearing and how they are acting.
But that’s not fair is it? We have to take other people’s feelings and reactions into account when we move through the world? We have to consider how other people might respond to our actions and choices? We have to step outside our own personal little world-view and try and see reality from someone’s else’s perspective?
Clearly, that’s bullshit.
You know, I think I’ve changed my mind about what I’m going to wear to my exam. I think I’ll go with this:
Come on now! It’s just a piece of clothing. And if people react negatively to my sense of fashion and appropriateness, well, that’s their problem, right?
I can’t be held responsible for how other people react. And I sure as hell can’t PREDICT how other people will react.
The cat, she is dead AND alive, at the same time. Everything else is just random.
Lots of love,