April 24th is International Denim Day
I love to wear my jeans when I can. They provide protection while on the bike, feel comfortable when out and about, and are generally my favorite color (blue). Little did I know, there was an International day to wear them. April 24th.
It's not because they are stylish, or because they are comfortable, or because they are blue. But rather, apparently, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault. The justices stated that the woman must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, therefore inferring consent. This ruling came down April 24th, 1999.
Because of this outrageous ruling, wearing jeans on the anniversary of this day has become a symbol of protest against sexual violence, and the destructive attitudes that stigmatize the victims. The UCSD Women's Center has asked that the staff, faculty and students show their support by wearing denim on this day.
So for those of you who don't generally wear denim, April 24th is the day to do it. If you normally wear denim, for that date at least you can wear denim for a cause. Sexual violence is a cancer that needs to stop, and those who erroneously believe the victims "deserve it" need to be reeducated. I ask that you all wear your jeans in support of this ideal. Let's be comfortable for a cause.