Turkish men are going viral online. It seems many Turkish men are standing up for women’s rights and posting selfies of themselves wearing mini skirts. The social media frenzy was inspired by the murder of 20-year-old Özgecan Aslan, a dastardly act which has drawn widespread criticism and condemnation from a cross section of the usually conservative society.
In Turkey, thousands of people have taken to the street to protest and express their visceral anger at the death of the twenty year old woman. But the crowds were also angry at the response of the government, after officials attempted to insinuate that a mini skirt was to blame.
The violent crime was met with disbelief in the mainstream culture. Ms. Aslan was brutally attacked by a bus driver, and then beaten to death. Her remains were found, burned and disfigured, in a local river bed. Ahmet Suphi Altındöken confessed his crime to the police, and his father and friend were also implicated in the grisly crime.
Socially, the country has found the dissonance between the government and the people to be overwhelming. The movement sprang up after there were several highly circulated social media posts calling all Turkish men to show their support for their wives, mothers and sisters.
“If a miniskirt is responsible for everything, if a miniskirt means immorality and unchastity, if a woman who wears a miniskirt is sending an invitation about what will happen to her, then we are also sending an invitation!”, an angry Facebook post read.
On Twitter, the hastag was trending all day, with tens of thousands of connected posts. “Very big incidents must take place in order for people to understand that something is wrong in Turkey,” one user Tweeted. “We can’t see how deadly decayed buildings are until there is an earthquake. We can’t see the need to create safe working conditions for a mine until tragedies like Soma happen. We become aware only after things happen to us.”
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