Denim Day is a protest against false and harmful attitudes about sexual assault.
There are plenty of reasons people choose to wear denim. Some think it’s comfortable, while others see it as a stylish addition to their outfit. But what denim doesn’t imply is that the wearer is “asking for it,” or automatically complicit in a forced sexual situation.
In 1992 an Italian teen was raped by her driving instructor. And, though the man was initially convicted, the Italian Supreme Court eventually overturned the ruling because the justices said the teen’s jeans were “so tight” she much have helped her rapist remove them — thereby implying consent.
Women in the Italian Parliament then staged a “jean protest,” as a way to fight back against victim blaming. Based off this, women in the U.S. started “Denim Day,” to drive home the point that clothes are just clothes and consent in never implied. Theirs is nothing you can wear that is an automatic invitation for people’s unwanted sexual advancement. Clothes are, above all, a way for us to express ourselves and my comfortable, and consent can never by derived them — it can only be given.
For more info on Denim Day, visit denimdayinfo.org.