A group of college students at Bandeirante University (Uniban) in Brazil performed what can only be described as a Biblical skit on Sunday. When Geisy Arruda showed up to class wearing a minidress and “heavy makeup,” hundreds of her fellow students launched into a sexist panic, gathering to gawk at her, physically fighting with her and trying to take pictures between her legs. When a professor tried to protect her in another classroom, 700 students gathered outside, shouting, “Let her out Professor, we want to rape her.” They chanted “puta!” (whore) at her when she finally left.
Uniban then expelled Arruda. Oddly, the university took out an ad in Sao Paolo newspapers Sunday titled “Educational Responsibility – Education Is Made With Attitude Not Complacency,” explaining that Arruda’s dress and actions provoked “a collective reaction in defense of the school environment.”
And what school environment would that be? One wherein students are permitted to threaten another student with rape, apparently. The school’s lawyer Josias de Souza blamed Arruda for the harassment, saying, “she always liked to provoke boys, the problem was not with her clothes, but the way she acts, talks, crosses her legs, and walks.”
The way she crosses her legs.
The incident has made international news. The local stations in DC are covering it, framing the story as one in which “a woman wearing a short skirt caused a riot.” Not one in which a mob whips itself into a violent frenzy over a woman’s perceived transgression, mind you. A rebellious jezebel caused trouble in Brazil. How wacky.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader Eggfulaura for letting us know Arruda has recently been readmitted.