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5) Dress for Failure.

Ever seen a slut walk? The whole "idea" behind it is supposed to be that dressing like a slut doesn't mean you "asked for it" if you get raped. That's very true. But it does mean that you're asking to be looked at as trash. If you're a woman walking out of the house in an outfit that would fit right in at a Hollywood Halloween party -- or if you were to stand on the corner for five minutes, the odds are high that some guy will stop and offer you money for sex -- then you're dressed trashy.

On the other hand, men tend to go in a different, but possibly even more disturbing, direction. When I was a couple of years out of college, I worked at a group home and was highly amused that some of the kids there complained that security always seemed to follow them when they walked through a store. Well, they were juvenile delinquents. If security was following them, they had their eyes on the right people. This gets into the whole Trayvon Martin "hoodie" controversy. If you dress like a thug, people will treat you like you're potentially dangerous. If you want your neck tattoo, your hoodie pulled up over your head, and your pants sagging down below your behind, expect people to get nervous when you get in line behind them at the ATM machine. It's not a race thing. If you're a white guy dressed like a punk extra from Mad Max, you're going to get judged just as harshly. People pay attention to the messages you send them with the way you dress. If that message says "slut," "thug," or even just I would fit right in at the people of Wal-Mart website, expect to be treated that way by people around you.

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