Incompetent Elected Official of the Week: Florida Legislator Kathleen Passidomo

Yup, the Temple girl was asking for it...

While pushing for a bill mandating a dress code for schools, Florida’s GOP legislator Kathleen Passidomo decided to bolster her argument by linking it the horrendous Texas case in which an eleven-year-old girl was raped by 18 men. She said:

“There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang-raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.”

This woman is too dim-witted to make sandwiches. much less laws.

I don’t care if the 11-year old girl’s parents dressed her  like Christina Aguilara on a particularly slutty day. I don’t care if she looked like Jon Benet Ramsey on estrogen supplements. I don’t care if she looked 15, 17, 22, 31, or 64; I don’t care if she was buck naked and singing “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No.” None of that would create any reason, excuse, motivation or justification for even one man to rape her, much less 18.

Blaming rape on how women dress is an insult to men and a denigration of the rights of women. Blaming a rape on how a little girl dresses, however, is a clear sign of dangerous warped and flawed logic, values, compassion and comprehension.

8 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official of the Week: Florida Legislator Kathleen Passidomo

  1. I’ve heard more than one individual making similar remarks, including those in the community where it happened, and I’m stunned. Not only is it shocking that 18 young men could think it was OK to do what they did, it’s troubling as well that there are those looking to place the blame on the girl (and in some cases her parents – who are to blame for letting her dress that way simply because it’s wrong). She’s 11, for crying out loud!

  2. Jack,
    I COMPLETELY agree.

    Small point: If the pedophile in question was a sick, vulnerable individual teetering on the ledge of sanity (do you see where this is going?), how is the girl free from culpability while the guy who yells “JUMP!” on a street corner isn’t? Granted, one was an explicit invitation while the other was only perceived, but neither has taken serious consideration of how their actions might effect other people?

    Please understand, I’m NOT suggesting the girl in question was AT ALL responsible. Only that neither the screaming pedestrian isn’t either. As I’ve said before, sick or not, people are still responsible for the crimes they commit and it think it’s morally unjust to hold others responsible because they “drove them to it.” Then again, maybe I’m the one trying to dodge responsibility ..



  3. Jack —

    I agree wholeheartedly that no girl/woman deserves to be raped, no matter what she looks like, what she’s wearing, or what she’s doing. I also agree that Ms. Passidono is using a completely ludicrous reason to impose school dress codes. The problem I have is no one is willing to address a certain reality: A young girl or woman who dresses in revealing and provocative clothing is a target for a bad crowd.

    Sexual predators and pedophiles operate under a simple equation: If a girl/woman is showing skin, she wants me! It’s 100% wrong, it’s 100% warped, and 100% of the people who follow this rationale should be locked up, castrated, or worse. Yes, girls and women whose dress is, um, less than modest are just expressing themselves and are NOT looking for trouble. The problem is, too often trouble finds them. So why is it we never hear about parents, teachers, or other concerned groups telling young girls and women about the risks of revealing too much in public?

    On one end of the pendulum you have the “If it feels good, do it” crowd encouraging females to flaunt what they got, and at the other end you have the “If it feels good, it must be sinful” sect admonishing females to dress modestly all the time, every time, without fail. Where are the sensible individuals in the “If it feels good, just be careful” crowd telling the ladies “Look, here’s the deal: We know this situation sucks, and we know it’s unfair to you, but we’d rather you be aware of the dangers so you can make your own informed decision — as opposed to blowing sunshine up your skirts or relegating you to a wardrobe of sackcloth”?

    I realize this is a little off-point. I just get the impression that our representative from Florida may feel the same way and is pushing that agenda in an inappropriate way…

    • Dressing in a blatantly sexual manner can be false advertising, and falsely advertising for predators is foolish and irresponsible. Dress codes, within reason, are good lessons in being respectful to others. Their purpose is not to prevent rape, however.

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