B. P. Terpstra
In which I applaud Mia Freedman’s rape prevention post
I applaud Mia Freedman for highlighting the links between drunkenness and sexual assault. Or as she put it, “I’ll tell her [my daughter] that getting drunk when she goes out puts her at a greater risk of danger. All kinds of danger. I’ll tell her that being drunk impairs your judgement, slows your reflexes and dramatically reduces your ability to asses risks and escape from harm.”
In other words, prevention is a good thing.
However, I’ll condemn the self-styled feminists who associate warnings with victim blaming because being drunk makes one vulnerable.
In point of fact, it’s misleading to say that a tipsy woman is safer than a sober lady on the town because rapists (or would-be rapists) tend to prey on vulnerable people. This is just a reality.
Here, in the real world, we know that partygoers don’t deserve to be raped. But we also understand that rapists don’t think like normal people. That’s why we call them monsters.
You see, monsters don’t care for feminist theories. They know that women who leave their doors open at night are easy prey. And, they’ve worked out that tipsy women are easier to violate.
As a male, I understand that men are vulnerable too, which is why you won’t spot me mincing around in certain clothes at certain nightspots during certain times. It’s just too risky.
So, of course, vigilant mothers have every right to warn their vulnerable daughters (or sons) about the fact that monsters don’t play by the rules, and will see flesh and drunkenness as sexual invitations. Why wouldn’t they?
As Freedman recognises, “theories can’t always withstand the conditions of real life. Which is why I believe it’s crucial to educate girls about the link between alcohol and sexual assault and warn them about the increased risk to their safety that comes with getting wasted.”
Indeed, politically correct feminists endanger women, when they underestimate the barbarity of rapists. To say that wolves don’t target vulnerable women is naive at best, or borderline insane, at worst.
As for promiscuous parents who drop their tipsy daughters out at night wearing next-to-nothing outfits? Well, there’s a reason monsters adore them so.