Summer may be over, but the heat is lasting on through September. This means we may have a few more weeks to wear some banging summer looks before the cold sets back in. It also means that there’s still need for a reminder: to wear what makes you comfortable without fear of harassment.
Baring skin in the summer sun can often be seen as an invitation for unwanted comments, harassment or even as excuses for sexual assault. I sought to show that what a person is wearing is not an invitation for sexual harassment or assault.
To help underline this, I turned to my friends. The outfits are varied but all have one thing in common – they are #NotAYes.
No matter the angle, appearances do not give consent.
Proximity does not give you the green light.
Whatever the pose, the only consent is verbal.
My smile is not an invitation.
It’s a dress, not a yes.
My body is not an object.
My time and energy is not yours to take.
These are just a few people and a few outfits – but no outfit is an invitation for unwanted attention. Even when they come off.