May 07, 2011
Go, You Sluts!

From the Associated Press:

BOSTON — Chanting “We love sluts!” and holding signs like “Jesus loves sluts,” approximately 2,000 protesters marched Saturday around the Boston’s Common as the city officially become the latest to join an international series of protests known as “SlutWalks.”

The protest movement, sparked by a Toronto police officer’s remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like “sluts,” came to Boston after advocates saw similar events — largely organized through Facebook and Twitter — popped up in Canada, England and other parts of the U.S…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 07, 2011 04:46 PM
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I find it offensive when people mount this argument. Are all men nothing but mindless monsters, incapable of controlling themselves?

The trap here is that blaming the victim can often appear to be a valid position due to the element of contributing factor. This results in confusing statistical probabilities with cause and effect.

Eg: Your car is more likely to be broken into if you leave a pile of cash in the front seat, but that doesn't mean your car is perfectly safe if there is no cash in it. And it definitely doesn't mean a person who who breaks in to the car is an innocent angel helplessly snared by the evil trap laid for them.

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on May 8, 2011 1:17 AM

I don't think that how a woman dresses has anything at all to do with being raped. I think rape is largely a crime of opportunity. If there are any statistics at all connecting dressing slutty with being raped, I wonder how many of those women were intoxicated (out partying). Certainly drunk women don't deserve to be raped either, but being intoxicated creates an opportunity (much more so than clothing).

Posted by: Heather on May 8, 2011 9:55 AM

Helpless elderly women in nursing homes are raped. So are small children. Rape is not a crime of she was so attractive I couldn't help myself. Rape is a crime of violence.

Posted by: JoyfulA on May 9, 2011 9:08 AM

Very good point about elderly women in nursing homes!

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on May 10, 2011 5:29 AM
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