The fact that there was indeed provocation does change the impact of the story just as a woman wearing highly suggestive clothing does change the judge or jury's decision in a rape or attempted rape case. And rightly so.
Why "rightly"? Do you believe that a woman wearing "highly suggestive clothing" deserves to be raped?
This is indeed disturbing. The defining distinction in the matter of rape is whether there was consent or not; nothing else.
Absolutely!! I have many friends who think I am a prude. They tell me that women should be able to walk down the street naked and expect not to be touched...not even looked at!!
True. That can happen. In the societies that I've experienced where women spend a good part of the day partially dressed, the penalties for rape are death and dismemberment. There are no long court trials and the judgment and penalties are very often meted out with the same hour or two of any given day.
So yes. There surely are places in the world where a woman may walk unclothed without any qualms.
Are you ready for that here? Does that suit your morality?
Obviously I would be ready for it. It would not rouse my passions in the slightest.
Does it suit my morality? It depends. If I were in a society where that was simply the norm and women did it because they had a natural liberty to do so and because it was comfortable, it would very much fit my morality. I believe that the (Post)Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin was put in a similar situation when he went to French Polynesia; many of his paintings include Polynesian women very casually depicted in half-nude attire. I don't see how this attitude would be incompatible with my morality.
If I was in a society like I am in right now, I don't really think most women who dress in a skimpy fashion do so for the same motivations. If they did it for the natural primitive motivations, I would think it quite awkward for women to dress in such an upfront, nude manner; I would be able to handle it probably, but I'm sure enough people wouldn't that it wouldn't work out. But like I said, that's not an issue of morality. If, on the other hand, women were to do it in a underhanded and provocative manner for very different motivations as is common in Western society, I will admit that that does not fit my morality. I don't want women to be dressing that way, though I certainly wouldn't attempt to force clothes on them, and I also would hope to still treat them with humane decency.
But I don't see how this is connected to the issue of rape, as it would seem you connected it in the above first quoted post. If a woman were to dress lightly in the natural primitive fashion, or even in the provocative modern Western fashion, in either case I don't see how that should in any way be viewed as a justification for raping that women. I don't see how it should at all change the ruling in a case where that woman is raped. The woman either gives consent or not. And if she does not, it is up to the other to choose whether to respect her denial or not; the crime is only in choosing not to respect her denial.