This seems counter to any logic that I can conceive of. Even the most backwards of the modern feminists should believe in women being proactive about their safety. I mean, what could be more demeaning than expecting women to sit back and wait for the patriarchy to straighten up and act right?
Nonetheless, it’s true.
Usually this comes up during gun control debates, where feminists use questionable results* from questionable sources, to attempt to prove owning a gun is not beneficial to a woman’s safety.
Because clearly, as Joe Salazar believes, women are just too incompetent to be trusted with a gun.
Joe Salazar brings up another interesting occurrence of this. Feminists defended Salazar’s statement,”Because you just don’t know who you are going to be shooting at. If you feel like you’re going to be raped or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble and when you may actually not be — that you pop out that gun and you pop-pop a round at somebody. And you might have just made a mistake.”, which clearly insinuated women’s incompetence yet again, but also made the decision for women that they should not have the right to use a firearm for protection on a college campus…where feminists claim that 1 in 4 (or 1 in 5) women are raped.
Clearly a large epidemic, which needs more than safe zones to fix the problem.
However, lets suppose that I understand the average modern feminist’s fear and loathing of firearms. Surely they wouldn’t be against a non-violent product that would help women to avoid getting drugged and raped at a party or bar right?
If you guessed that they would support and love this product, you would have guessed wrong.
“I think that anything that can help reduce sexual violence from happening is, in some ways, a really good thing,” Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), told ThinkProgress. “But I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”
“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”
– Think Progress
Not only does this article completely trash the idea that we should give women a viable way to protect themselves when they are out partying, but it also completely destroys the idea that women are volitional human beings that have the ability to look out for themselves or make clear headed decisions. Feminists fail to realize that women, while they aren’t “responsible” for being raped, are actually adults and should not act like twits when they go out of the house.
I want you to seriously look at a few lines out of this article and consider how degrading they are to the idea that women have brains or responsibility, outside of having fun and looking pretty that is.
“I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”
“I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”
What a shocker, we expect women (and men, have we just forgotten that men get raped too?) to be proactive about their safety. We expect people to act like adults and not irresponsible children.
But instead of acting like the adults they are, feminists just want to sit around and wait for men to learn that rape is wrong, because any attempt to defend themselves is seen as reinforcing the “rape culture”.
Why is this?
Because, like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, modern feminists are obsessed with their own victimhood. Feminists even attack and deride women like Miss Nevada, who encouraged women to learn self-defense. An action which empowers women is somehow anti-feminist and “pro-rape culture” if it doesn’t meet the narrative that women should just sit around, waiting for men to learn to stop raping people.
Feminists aren’t actually interested in preventing rape or spousal abuse or anything else because, just as with Al Sharpton, the only reason they exist is so that they can be a voice for the oppressed.
Without the victims, they would all be out of a job.
*This study does not specify if the women killed were gun owners, if women had their own guns used against them, or if the difference is statistically caused by the fact that fewer women own handguns than men. It also incorrectly assumes that the percentage of murders to self-defense usage is high for women, without addressing how many men are murdered with handguns vs. kill in self-defense. Basically it’s crap.