When Fired Upon, Return Fire
We all say it: don’t read the comments. I followed Jaclyn’s link to a story in the York University school paper about a Toronto cop who said that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t dress slutty. Anyone who has read much of anything here knows everything that’s wrong with that so I won’t reiterate. And of course the first comment is this shit:
I happen to agree with him. You dress like a slut you will get treated like one. And why should you blame the officer? It’s your society which turns women into chattel by making a half naked woman sell a pepsi or sprite bottle. That’s your progress, your business, your freedoms that the evil terrorists hate. Also, girls today dress like sluts so the whole lot of them take offense when someone tells it how it is. Kudos to you Officer.
Of course the men are responsible who perpetrate this, but seriously, when they chose their victim I’m sure that they searched for someone who was eyecandy to them. They wouldn’t say—choose a hindu or sikh or muslim woman who was covered in their traditional clothing.
But I said yesterday about the Lara Logan reporting that the pushback against the victim blaming was a good sign. On this much smaller stage, the same thing happened. The next 44 consecutive comments flay the apologist.
I think it’s important that these people not be able to hold the floor, that they not be seen to scare away or silence opposition. It’s important that people who see that first comment then see that everyone else thinks he’s an ass. That people see that opponents of rape culture are willing to hold a position and fight. I think that’s important.