In the wake of several incidents in which women were attacked or harassed for wearing shorts, hundreds of Turkish women marched in Istanbul on Saturday to protest violence against women by religious conservatives who feel that women dress too provocatively. In the “Don’t Mess with My Outfit March,” women could be seen carrying denim shorts on hangers and rainbow flags while chanting, “We will not obey, be silenced, be afraid. We will win through resistance.” After a decision by the Turkish government to ban Istanbul’s pride march in June, some members of the gay community also chose to take part in the protest.
In June, a video was taken of a young woman wearing shorts being repeatedly struck by a man on an Istanbul bus while he shouted, “Are you not ashamed of dressing like this during Ramadan?” In a separate incident, a young nurse named Aysegul Terzi was also attacked on a bus by a man who could be seen telling her that women who wear shorts “should die.”
Several women in the march could also be seen carrying posters reaffirming their right to wear headscarves. “Don’t meddle with my headscarf, shorts, outfits,” read a placard carried by protestors. Whether they preferred to dress conservatively or liberally, it would appear Turkish women are growing tired of being bullied for their wardrobe choices.
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