It’s not unusual for men to join the fight for women’s rights. But it is if they choose to wear miniskirts while they do it.
The brutal murder of a Turkish woman, Ozgecan Aslan, 20, who allegedly fought off a sexual assault before her body was burned and dumped in a riverbed, has sparked protests on the street and social media.
The Twitter hashtag #OzgecanAslan prompted thousands of tweets, with many women posting photos of themselves clad in black. And in recent days, #ozgecanicinminietekgiy, translated as “wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan,” has begun circulating, often accompanied with a photo of a man wearing a short skirt.
And it apparently doesn’t matter where the apparel came from, as long as it is worn.
Well done! It's not what you wear, it's what you do! Fully support this!! #ozgecanicinminietekgiy
— Eirana Dortou (@EiranaDortou) February 21, 2015
Some were not afraid to admit their reservations about the method of protest, but still voiced their full support for the message.
I'm not putting on a skirt but, I support this wholeheartedly. #ozgecanicinminietekgiy
— Robert Barnes (@Diddy_Block) February 21, 2015
Prominent lawyer and activist Hulya Gulbahar said the skirt protest is “very effective” and the first time women’s rights have been so widely endorsed in Turkey.
“The women’s movement is trying to tell society, ‘My dress is not an excuse for your rape or sexual harassment.’ But society didn’t want to hear these voices.
“People try to find excuses for rapes and killings. But they didn’t find any in this case, because Aslan was very innocent, purely innocent. The protest shows that a short skirt is not an excuse for rape.”
Read more: CNN