I recently came across these pictures in my news feed on a social networking website.
Firstly, I think the statement being made is very sexist, considering the fact that it supports the notion that ONLY men rape & ONLY women are victims of rape! If we look at the statistics, we would find that women are just as capable of and responsible for, sexual crimes against children, men and other women.
Secondly, such arguments, that radical feminists bring forth, do not do justice to the concept of Personal Responsibility.
It’s as bizarre as saying, “Hey, why should I lock my door, why don’t you teach your kids not to steal? ” Of course nobody has the right to sexually assault or abuse another just as NOBODY teaches their children to commit a crime but some people DO IT REGARDLESS & that’s just a sad truth.
About dressing up, I say wear what makes you comfortable but if you step out dressed provocatively, it is bound to provoke a reaction because by definition, provocative means something that provokes. This is not to say that a short dress is in anyway responsible for the act of rape. But what IS a factor that may contribute to it is a passive looking person.Rape is, after all, about power & domination, however cowardly & heinous the act may be. It rarely, if ever, is about sexual gratification.
So, I feel, the claim that teaching women to defend themselves and take precautions like pepper spray etc does NOT promote rape culture, on the contrary, it runs along the lines of the same logic as “locking our cars & front doors” or “looking right then left before crossing the road”!
Therefore, people should quit setting examples that defeat logic & if anything, spread awareness on how to safeguard ourselves in situations that may compromise our safety & well being. So, instead of making provocative statements just to gather a political and social reaction, activists must focus on equipping people with factual knowledge and a narrative based on real, practical solutions.
Our safety is our own responsibility and while there’s no denying the importance of spreading the right messages in society, the need of the hour remains a demonstration via actions, of truly responsible behavior because equal rights come with equal responsibility.