As with most people that witness how mainstream media treats rape cases that make it on to the news, I am appalled by how much judgement is placed on the victims. Women may not be expected to deform their waists into corsets that are representative of their gender role, but much change has to occur to achieve equal rights and treatment of human beings regardless of gender. The appearance of a woman is so heavily controlled by all social institutions that when a woman dare break the standards, she is stigmatized. It is unfortunate to admit that not much has changed regarding Gilman’s metaphor, women are still controlled by how they look- through their gender socialization that is enforced by family, peers, the media, and Veblen’s conspicuous consumption itself (retail’s main focus is women). Rape cases that are made national forgo the appropriate blame on the abuser and criticize the conditions of the victim that “provoke” the uncontrollable male(s). Women are taught to be careful when going out at night, dress decently, behave like a “lady” and be cautious of their association because of the dangers originating from the male species. It is unfair for men and women.