These heroic men took to the streets of Turkey’s major cities to show their solidarity with women’s rights and their safety in wake of the brutal murder of a Turkish woman, Ozgecan Aslan, who allegedly fought off a sexual assault before being killed. Her body was burned and found dumped in a riverbed.
The heinous crime has Turkey reeling with fury and protests.
The hashtag #ozgecanicinminietekgiy meaning "wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan" started trending on Twitter not long afterward.
Here are the brave results:
Not much later, skirted men stepped out of their homes and took to the streets like a mighty wave of anger and resolve:
Their message is very plain and simple: "If a miniskirt is responsible for everything, if [wearing] 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!"
It takes a great man to make a statement like this. Thankfully, there are plenty of great men in Turkey.
"The women's movement is trying to tell society, 'My dress is not an excuse for your rape or sexual harassment,'" says Hulya Gulbahar a prominent Turkish lawyer and activist. "But society didn't want to hear these voices.
"People try to find excuses for rapes and killings. But they didn't find any in this case, because Aslan was very innocent, purely innocent. The protest shows that a short skirt is not an excuse for rape."
For a country whose president says men and women are not equal, the show of solidarity by the men is a great initiative.