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.