What Was She Wearing
Show me the man slumped over the counter with a bullet in his head
Dressed like someone who deserves to be dead.
Tell me the 6 year old girl assaulted in church was asking for it.
Or the girl raped in gym class looked like a slut in those sweat pants.
What clothes – pulled from what rack
Will prevent an attack?
Tell me the store – and I’ll go back
And buy the right clothes this minute –
The outfit that prevents rape if you’re in it.
See I didn’t understand
I didn’t understand that I could buy a shirt that says ‘I deserve to be hurt’
I had no clue I could put on a shoe
That says do whatever you want to do to me
See, your needs come first
After all I am wearing a tight skirt
Instead of the assault-proof dress
And I notice that you have the fault-proof vest
So it’s my fault I guess
Apparently I didn’t say No as loud as my clothes could say Yes
See I didn’t know that my No wasn’t enough
I didn’t understand that my body became less precious
‘Cause certain dresses made me look hot
And I guess if I’m wearing the wrong top
Then my yes is the same as my ‘Stop’
And you shouldn’t have to, just because I begged you to
I’m begging you, tell me the magic outfit and I’ll buy it
Apparently my No wasn’t heard even when I screamed
So I need my clothes to be quiet.
By Steve Connell