My friend Louise recently came across a Twitter page (and website hawking a book) dedicated to ENDING RAPE! Actually ending it. Declaring itself the best resource anywhere in the world.
And how does ENDING RAPE suggest we end rape? BY NEVER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH MEN. Ever. Anywhere. Unless we already know them. BUT DON’T GET TO KNOW THEM BECAUSE STRANGERS ARE RAPISTS. And also people you know are rapists. Ending Rape has offered an endless list of shitty advice that basically boils down to FEAR EVERYTHING ALWAYS… and hide in the bushes. (No, ACTUALLY hide in the bushes.)
The sad thing about Ending Rape is that this is advice that society finds totally reasonable. If you are NOT following any of these tips, you kind of put yourself in the position to be raped. I mean, you’re not ASKING for it… but you’re still at least a little to blame. You really did, even if accidentally, imply that you wanted to be raped. Why WERE you outside at night alone? Why did you answer the door for a stranger? Why did you leave your glass unattended? Why did you wear that skirt? Why were you out with a man you didn’t know? What were you doing in that part of town? WHY DIDN’T YOU TRY HARDER NOT TO GET RAPED? You can’t just EXPECT men not to rape you… at least that’s what self-proclaimed victim advocate Ending Rape claims.
Here’s some of my favorite excerpts.
Why is “don’t rape” so much harder than expecting women not to live in constant fear? Why can’t we just expect not to get raped? What is with all the bushes weirdness? What CAN women do that’s not setting them up for rape?
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