What Does "Denim Day" Stand For?

'Denim Day' Allows Students To Fight For The Concept That Clothing Is Not Consent

The way we dress doesn't mean "yes."

Jenasyn Baker

On April 24, 2019, Mizzou students alongside members of Alpha Chi Omega took part in Denim Day.

"Denim Day is a campaign originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault."

Clothes never have and never will pose as a way of giving consent. When a girl's outfit shows her bra or her skirt is a little on a shorter side, she is in no way telling anyone that she wants to engage in sexual actions. Although our society has come a long way in raising awareness, rape culture, slut shaming, etc. are still all very prominent to this day. As a college student, I hear stories daily on sexual events that were not consensual. I hear many women get called "hoes" or "sluts," sometimes even by other women. So when I heard about Alpha Chi's "Denim Day," I was very intrigued and wanted to learn more.

I asked Alpha Chi member, Danielle Mintzlaff, why she found Denim Day important and why Alpha Chi chose to choose this as part of their philanthropy. Danielle stated, "Alpha Chi's philanthropy is domestic violence awareness so this fit it pretty easy. Our main thing is breaking the stigma around it to make people feel more safe and comfortable talking about it. We love denim day so much because it was such a messed up situation that we want people to be aware it's not ok, and that consent is always needed, to create more healthy relationships."

Denim Day is important to many women and men. Every day should be treated like Denim Day. No day is ever okay for rape.

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